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He announced the amazing news in an adorable post on Instagram.

Former rugby pro Sam Stanley has announced his engagement to partner Laurence Hicks, after being together for seven years.

In a loving tribute on his Instagram, Sam said: “After being a part of each others lives for almost 7 years, Laurence has been my pretend godfather, uncle, cousin and many others in order to make sure no one found out about us and that we were a couple.

“Funny looking back after having come so far together. The most loving man I know and I’m incredibly happy to say that we’re now engaged.”

In 2015, Sam made history by becoming the first English rugby union player to come out, and told Sunday Times: “It’s going to be an issue until more people and athletes come out; until it is not an issue at all. It might take years but hopefully, lots of people will find the courage.”

Congratulations Sam and Laurence!

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