Ali Brigginshaw has put a ring on it.
Ali Brigginshaw has put a ring on it.

Tough rugby star's tender proposal

Rugby league star Ali Brigginshaw kicked her 30th birthday celebrations up a notch with a surprise proposal to girlfriend Kate Daly in Brisbane at the weekend.

The Broncos, Queensland and Jillaroos playmaker was giving a speech before breaking from the script and dropping to one knee.

"I will never forget the day you asked me to be your girlfriend, 16 months to this day. And I hope you will never forget this moment. I love you with all my heart - will you marry me?" Brigginshaw said as Daly put her hands to her face.

Daly said yes and the pair sealed their engagement with a kiss as the gathering of excited friends and family cheered the loved-up couple.

Taking to social media after the big development, Brigginshaw wrote: "Couldn't think of a better way to celebrate my 30th than asking the girl of my dreams to marry me in front of the most amazing family and friends.

"Thank you to everyone for all your kind words and love, I truly am the luckiest girl in the world."

Daly was just as thrilled. "Thankyou so much to everyone who has messaged and called since last night, and to everyone who was there to watch this special moment happen," she said on Instagram.

"I am so overwhelmed with the amount of love and support we have received and I am so happy to say YES to you."

Brigginshaw is one of the biggest names in women's rugby league and was last year named captain of the Broncos' inaugural NRLW team.

A gun with the ability to pass, kick and run, the 30-year-old helped the Jillaroos to a 28-8 win over New Zealand in a Test in October after the Silver Ferns had shocked the Aussies with an upset victory in the World Cup 9s final earlier that month.

Under Brigginshaw's leadership last year, the Broncos won the inaugural NRLW title and she celebrated her love for Daly by sharing a kiss in the stands after Brisbane's 34-12 victory over the Roosters.

"I've never been one to hide my affection," Brigginshaw said at the time. "She's the person I love … I have her here and I'm not going to say, 'I can't show you affection at the game'.

"Kate is the reason why I train hard, my family is a reason I train hard, and I go up and give them a big hug and a kiss and that doesn't mean any different to when I go up and give her a kiss.

"It's hard being away playing rugby league all the time, I'm away from home a lot, but having her here today allows her to see how hard I work. I told her I had just one more job to do, and that was to win the grand final.

"Also, little girls might grow up to love the same sex, and I want them to see they don't need to be ashamed of it. I walk around the street holding Kate's hand because I'm not ashamed of it."

Brigginshaw and the Broncos went back-to-back after thrashing St George 30-6 in this year's grand final.