Millions of people tuned in to watch Johnathan Thurston (left) win the NRL Grand Final and Josh Gibson (right) in the AFL decider

Channel Nine scores rating win with NRL Grand Final over Channel Seven

Channel Nine scores rating win with NRL Grand Final over Channel Seven

Thurston was named the Clive Churchil Medallist - given to the game's best player - for his amazing performance in the grand final

Jonathan Thurston’s BODYGUARD cut his eye after NRL grand final

Johnathan Thurston's on-field bodyguard Gavin Cooper accidentally opened the gash on his head just seconds after North Queensland won the NRL Grand Final.

Jonathon Thurston was all smiles as he stood on stage in front of 15,000 fans at his home ground

The 2015 NRL premiers have been met with ecstatic fans on return home

Jonathon Thurston was all smiles as he stood on stage in front of fans at his home ground

The Cowboys have received an ecstatic greeting by thousands of fans on their return to Townsville airport on Monday

The 2015 NRL premiers have been met with ecstatic fans on return home

The NRL premiers have received an ecstatic greeting by thousands of fans on their return to Townsville airport on Monday.

Led by the star of Sunday night's grand final Jonathan Thurston they carried the premiership trophy through the terminal to the delight of their adoring supporters

The 2015 NRL premiers have been met with ecstatic fans on return home

The 2015 NRL premiers have been met with ecstatic fans on return home

'This is the heartland for rugby league and this is a win that will inspire the city,' Ms Hill said

The 2015 NRL premiers have been met with ecstatic fans on return home

The 2015 NRL premiers have been met with ecstatic fans on return home

A civic reception for Thurston's and Matt Scott's victorious side was held at their home ground of 1300 Smiles Stadium on Monday afternoon

The 2015 NRL premiers have been met with ecstatic fans on return home

The NRL premiers have received an ecstatic greeting by thousands of fans on their return to Townsville airport on Monday.

The action gets underway at ANZ Stadium for the NRL Grand Final on Sunday night

Channel Nine scores rating win with NRL Grand Final over Channel Seven

Channel Nine scores rating win with NRL Grand Final over Channel Seven

Johnathan Thurston's on-field bodyguard caused the massive cut to his head just seconds after North Queensland won the NRL Grand Final

Jonathan Thurston’s BODYGUARD cut his eye after NRL grand final

Johnathan Thurston's on-field bodyguard caused the massive cut to his head just seconds after North Queensland won the NRL Grand Final

'It's a little bit emotional, coming back and seeing the airport the way it was and standing here in front of everyone,' Thurston said

The 2015 NRL premiers have been met with ecstatic fans on return home

The NRL premiers have received an ecstatic greeting by thousands of fans on their return to Townsville airport on Monday.

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