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NRL premier­ship win­ning su­per­star Johnathan Thurston has mar­ried his part­ner Sa­man­tha Lynch on White­haven Beach.

The cou­ple were joined last Tues­day by their two daugh­ters, Frankie Louise, 3, and Char­lie Grace, nine months, at the pri­vate cer­e­mony.

Fairfax re­ported it was the pair’s three year an­niver­sary of their en­gage­ment.

Sa­man­tha Lynch broke the happy news on Thurs­day night via her In­sta­gram ac­count (@slynch­pin).

“We’d been hop­ing to keep this quite [sic] un­til all of our near­est & dear­est re­ceived of­fi­cial no­ti­fi­ca­tions in the mail how­ever the news is out there now.

“We were mar­ried on the stun­ning White­haven Beach in front of our par­ents & our daugh­ters,” her im­age cap­tion said, also tag­ging her new hus­band’s In­sta­gram ac­count, @jthurston06.

More than 2400 peo­ple had liked the im­age by Fri­day morn­ing.

“Won­der­ful news for the cham­pion @jthurston06 and you his beau­ti­ful bride and gor­geous princesses! God bless your fam­ily and fu­ture!,” one fan wrote.

Thurston, the Cow­boys 32-year-old co-cap­tain popped the ques­tion while the cou­ple were hol­i­day­ing in the US in 2012.

The like­able foot­baller is al­ready be­ing hailed as one of the game’s greats of all time.

He’s been com­pared to Wally Lewis, Arthur Beet­son and Bob Ful­ton - to name just a few.

Af­ter guid­ing North Queens­land into only its sec­ond grand fi­nal in its 20th an­niver­sary year, and then be­ing crowned the Dally M Player of the Year for a record fourth time, Thurston capped off the sea­son by de­liv­er­ing the Cow­boys and their fans the most spe­cial mo­ment in the club’s his­tory.

Thurston’s deeds not only for the Cow­boys, but also for Queens­land and Aus­tralia in re­cent years, have again sparked de­bate about his place among the game’s all-time greats.

NEW­LY­WEDS: Johnathan Thurston and Sa­matha Lynch mar­ried on Hamil­ton Is­land on Novermber 3.

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