Former Black Sticks star Gemma McCaw has announced she is expecting a child.

McCaw and her helicopter pilot husband Richie, who also played 148 matches for the All Blacks, were married in January 2017 and the child will be their first.

The 246-game Black Stick represented New Zealand at three Olympic Games, and won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and a bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Posting on Instagram, McCaw didn't waste words in announcing the news: "Rich and I are very excited to announce that we are expecting our first baby later this year."

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Richie also made an announcement post on Facebook: "Exciting news. We are expecting a new addition to our family later this year. Can't wait."

Exciting news. We are expecting a new addition to our family later this year. Can’t wait 😊

Posted by Richie McCaw on Friday, 27 July 2018