If you didn’t know that former Castleford Tigers star Jacques O’Neill had gone into the Love Island villa then you have most probably been living under a rock.
That entrance as a bombshell almost a fortnight ago left the rugby league fraternity gobsmacked as one of their own was sat round a pool trying to find the love of his life on ITV2 at 9pm.
Fortunately for O’Neill, the Cumbrian man has been a big hit in the villa, ‘cracking on’ with Welsh wonder Paige whilst also striking up a number of brilliant friendships with the other men in there.
For his former Tigers head coach Lee Radford, however, he still cannot get to grips with the show with Love Island causing arguments in his household with his wife!
Asked if he had been converted as a Love Island fan: “No, not at all my wife waits until I go to bed as I now go to bed at 9 and she watches it then,” Radford told BBC Radio Leeds.
“It’s unbelievable because just when I’m getting to sleep she comes in and wakes me up. Love Island is causing numerous arguments in our household.
“She tries to start conversations up with it and I keep stopping her before she gets started.”
Radford ended the chat about the ITV2 program with a hilarious quip to O’Neill.
“Apparently it goes on longer than expected and there’s a fair while left so if I’m divorced I’m going to blame Jacques O’Neill!”
For one current Castleford man – Kenny Edwards who this morning signed a new three-year deal with the West Yorkshire club – he may well have gone on the program as well if he had accepted the offer!
“We were in the All Stars camp last week and we were all watching this little phone,” Edwards told BBC Radio Leeds.
“There were ten big blokes all sat round a table watching Love Island on a little phone.
“I’ve got still got the inboxes from Love Island AU (the Australian version of Love Island) who messaged me back in 2018 asking if I was keen to join.
“They offered me a bit of money too but it was just when I was heading into pre-season at Parramatta.
“I show the boys my inboxes from it but look at me now, I’ve got a face like a chewed mint! I’m the last bloke they need now.”
Edwards also revealed that he hoped O’Neill can step away from rugby forever as a career.
“It’s a good laugh, he’s doing well and I hope he never has to play another game of rugby league in his life.”