Dan and Honor Carter expecting baby
Canterbury All Black Dan Carter and wife Honor are expecting a baby.
Carter, 30, shared his happy news on the internet about 11am today.
"Thought it was time to share our exciting news ... @HonorCarter is 21 weeks pregnant!," Dan Carter tweeted.
"We are both very excited about being parents #BabyCarter."
Carter's father Neville told The Press he and his wife Bev were very excited about having their first grandchild.
They were looking forward to welcoming the baby next year, he said.
"It's our first so of course we're pretty excited. Dan and Honor are too. It will be great."
However, Neville said he had not contemplated whether the baby would be a future sports star.
"I haven't really thought about it. As long as it's healthy we'll be happy."
If Carter is 21 weeks pregnant, she will be due around March or April next year.
Dan Carter became engaged to the former Black Sticks striker in October 2010 after several years of dating.
The couple met through friends in 2000 and were married in Marlborough on December 9 last year.
Among the guests were members of the All Blacks squad and staff, including captain Richie McCaw and former All Blacks coach Graham Henry.
The high-profile couple have received hundreds of congratulatory messages on Twitter, including a tweet from Prime Minister John Key.
"Congratulations to you both - fantastic news!," Key tweeted.
Some Twitter users believed their offspring would be a future sports star, while others were contemplating the potential physical beauty of the child.
Twitter user Charliee Lloyd said "Awwwwww that's going to be one gorgeous baby, congrats."
Alex Coogan-Reeves said "Does @TAB_Sport want to give odds on #BabyCarter playing for the AllBlacks?"
Dan Carter is currently in London on tour with the All Blacks, but is out with an achilles injury.
Carter's tweet has already been re-tweeted over 600 times.
Between them, the Carters have nearly 120,000 people following them on Twitter.