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Ex-Castleford Tigers star Jacques O’Neill given offer to return to rugby league

Former Castleford Tigers forward Jacques O’Neill is being hunted for a rugby league return sooner rather than later.

The 23-year-old recently made his name on ITV2’s Love Island show which has seen O’Neill rise to stardom, accruing over 1.4 million Instagram followers and giving rugby league some great attention.

During his time since leaving the villa, O’Neill has been inundated with offers from outside rugby league including public relations giant The Social PR.

Now, though, O’Neill is wanted back in the sport in which he grew up loving – rugby league.

As preparations for the World Cup continue to be made, minnows Jamaica will take on a Cumbria representative side on October 7.

And, Barrow Raiders head coach Paul Crarey wants to see O’Neill take to the field.

“Jacques is definitely a Cumbrian and he would be an option if he wanted to play,” Crarey told BBC Radio Cumbria.
“He would probably bring people in to watch, and raise the profile of Cumbrian rugby league.

“That’s what it’s all about, if Ellis [Gillam, Barrow back-rower] can get hold of him and he can come and have a run out for us, and get his head back on rugby league.

“He’s finished Love Island now, he’s a Cumbrian lad as I know him from his junior days and he’d pull a few in on the day if we can get him involved.”

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