To not realise that Castleford Tigers forward Jacques O’Neill had gone into the Love Island villa, you would probably be living under a rock.
The Cumbrian-born 23-year-old has swapped the Jungle life for the red hot sun in an exotic location to find love this summer, with the rugby league fraternity looking on with great interest.
Of course, O’Neill is Gemma Owen’s ex-boyfriend – and Gemma herself is the daughter of footballing hero Michael Owen – and he was seen on television screens last night as he entered the villa.
With the nuggety forward enjoying a stellar rise to the Tigers first-team, Castleford fans have been sad to see O’Neill go, particularly when someone with his drive and tenacity could have been vital in what has been a difficult season for the West Yorkshire side so far in 2022.
Following St Helens’ win over Hull KR yesterday, Saints’ Regan Grace was asked about the move.
“It’s his choice, you go for what you want to go for, I’m sure he would still be fit enough when he came out,” Grace told Sky Sports.
Asked if he would ever be tempted, the Welshman joked:”No, I’ve got a girlfriend.”
Grace’s own future has, however, been up in the air recently with speculation of a move to rugby union refusing to go away.