New Idea Magazine - November 29, 2010

There'll be no more will-she or won't-she for this happy pair.

There'll be no more will-she or won't-she for this happy pair.

All Black Dan Carter knows how to keep his woman happy. A hard man on the sports field but a romantic off it, money was no issue when he splashed out on fiancée Honor Dillon’s engagement ring, as these exclusive pictures show.

The former Black Stick hockey star was still celebrating when she was spotted at a boutique wine store on Auckland’s Ponsonby Road. The 28 year old’s impressive bling overshadowed all else, even the bottles of champagne she was carrying.

Last month Dan, also 28, planned a romantic weekend in Queenstown for his girlfriend of 8 years. He popped the question during a scenic helicopter flight.

The playmaker had bought a sterling silver ‘Wilshi’ Ring from Wellington’s Village Goldsmith jeweller to make his proposal. He wanted a traditional ring to seal the deal but didn’t want to shell out on something Honor didn’t like.

The betrothed couple has since returned to the jeweller to design Honor’s magnificent ring together, rumored to be platinum and diamond. The owners refused to discuss how much Dan paid, but the most expensive ring on offer is $72,000.

The handsome couple is yet to divulge details of their wedding plans. But the big question is whether their nuptials will be held in some romantic vineyard in France.

Dan will reportedly leave the All Blacks after the Rugby World Cup in 2011, and is expected to sign with a multimillion dollar contract with a French team. He could be one of the world’s highest paid rugby stars.

Friends introduced Dan and Honor in 2000, but the pair didn’t start dating for several years. She has been a tower of strength as Dan fought back from injury and ankle surgery earlier this year, missing months of field time.

For now, the young lovers will split their time between Auckland, where Honor works as a product manger for DB Breweries, and Christchurch, where Dan plays as first five for his team the Crusaders.