Jacques O’Neill enjoys first rugby league match since Love Island return

Jacques O’Neill is perhaps one of the most spoken about people in the UK at the moment which is sometimes rare of rugby league players.

The former Castleford Tigers man was of course making headlines in the Love Island villa where he was once a favourite to win the competition alongside partner Paige.

However, things didn’t go as planned for Jacques on the show sadly and he admitted he was no longer himself and took the decision to leave of his own accord promising to wait for Paige on the outside.

Speaking of waiting, it seems the whole world is waiting to see if O’Neill will return to rugby league.

Though a return to the sport this year seems unlikely, there is a strong possibility he could return for pre-season training with the Tigers ahead of the 2023 season.

He clearly still has a strong connection with the club going to visit his former teammates straight after his Love Island exit and with Liam Watts hinting that they’d see each other again for pre-season training in November.

Last night he reaffirmed his love for the Tigers as he sat and watched their victory against Hull FC in coach Lee Radford’s return to the MKM Stadium after his dismissal in 2020.

The Tigers remarkably overturned an 18-14 halftime deficit to win 46-18 with Leeds target Derrell Olpherts scoring four tries and it seems O’Neill enjoyed what he saw taking to Twitter to say: “First game I’ve watched since getting home, I’ve missed RL!! Yes the boys!”

What makes this even better is Love Island was on at the same time and still O’Neill would rather watch his former team – and possibly future team – in action as they beat Hull.

What should also be noted is the growth of O’Neill’s following on social media after his time on social media.

Thus, this tweet could have prompted some of his fans to turn the channel to see what was going on in the game.

This is why many believe he should be approached by the RFL as a proponent of the World Cup at the end of the year.

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