Brian To’o is probably having a pretty big Mad Monday right now. After being named Winger of the Year at this year’s Dally M awards, To’o last night celebrated being a part of the Panthers’ 14-12 NRL Grand Final win over the Rabbitohs.
But, somehow, that might not have been the biggest moment of his night. Just a few minutes after winning, To’o ran over to the sideline to where his now fiancée was sitting. She might have been expecting the Panthers would win, but she wasn’t expecting what was about to happen next.
"I thought he was just coming to give me a hug like he usually does," Crichton-Ropati told Channel Nine after the match. “I wasn’t expecting that.”
Having just won the premiership ring, the 23-year-old To’o got down on one knee and offered up a ring of his own. Yes, he might have had blood streaming down his face from a collision earlier in the night, but To’o refused to let that get in the way of securing the premiership or a wife.
He even made himself available for a post-proposal interview. "It's been a massive year for not only myself but my family and my community as well," he told NRL great Cameron Smith. "I want to thank my beautiful partner for saying yes, and full credit to the boys for getting us the win. It's a really special moment to have, not only with my partner but for my family back home in lockdown."
In other words, it really was a proposal of two halves. He got down on one knee, popped the question and then she completed the play by saying yes. He really came to propose and now the couple are just taking it one week at a time as they go on to live happily ever after. Full credit to them both for getting the job done.