Saturday 14 May 2022 04:01 PM Love Island 'signs up hunky rugby ace Jacques O'Neill ahead of new series' trends now

Saturday 14 May 2022 04:01 PM Love Island 'signs up hunky rugby ace Jacques O'Neill ahead of new series' trends now
Saturday 14 May 2022 04:01 PM Love Island 'signs up hunky rugby ace Jacques O'Neill ahead of new series' trends now

Saturday 14 May 2022 04:01 PM Love Island 'signs up hunky rugby ace Jacques O'Neill ahead of new series' trends now

Love Island viewers will be hoping for some rough and tumble in the Spanish villa after producers 'signed up' rugby star Jacques O'Neill for the new series. 

The sportsman, 23, plays for the Castleford Tigers but is currently sidelined due to a hamstring injury, meaning he'll have plenty of time to rock up to the Spanish villa. 

Jacques, who hails from Cumbria, began playing for the club in his teens and has even been called up to play for the England Knights early in his flourishing career.

New islander? Love Island have reportedly signed up rugby star Jacques O'Neill for the new series

New islander? Love Island have reportedly signed up rugby star Jacques O'Neill for the new series

The hunk has had great success on the pitch, having made 29 appearances for the Tigers since 2019.

And according to Rugby League Live, he could be set for success in the villa too as they report he'll be looking for love in the Mallorcan abode when the ITV2 show returns to screens next month. 

Following his major hamstring surgery, Jacques only played six times the past season, while he was forced to miss the Challenge Cup Final. 

Player: The sportsman, 23, plays for the Castleford Tigers but is currently sidelined due to a hamstring injury, meaning he'll have plenty of time to rock up to the Spanish villa

Player: The sportsman, 23, plays for the Castleford Tigers but is currently sidelined due to a hamstring injury, meaning he'll have plenty of time to rock up to the Spanish villa

While away from his pitch, he's very much a family man, often sharing snaps of his loved ones, especially mother Janet. 

MailOnline contacted Love Island representatives for comment, with a spokesperson starting: 'Any names suggested are purely speculation at this stage.'

It comes as bosses have reportedly set their sights on stunning student Kat Harrison for this summer's series after falling for her 'brains and beauty'. 

The Newcastle native, who previously dated Geordie Shore's Marty McKenna, attends Northumbria University and also works as a model.

Ready for love? he could be set for success in the villa too as they report he'll be looking for love in the Mallorcan abode when the ITV2 show returns to screens next month

Ready for love? he could be set for success in the villa too as they report he'll be looking for love in the Mallorcan abode when the ITV2 show returns to screens next month

It's claimed producers believe Kat has the 'full package' and she 'should be a shoe-in for the show'. 

A source told The Sun: 'Kat is the mix for the next series of Love Island. She works as a model but is also a student at Northumbria uni.

'They think she has the full package, brains and beauty, and could bring a lot to the table. Kat really impressed and she should be a shoe-in for the show.

'She used to date Marty from Geordie Shore so is no stranger to a bit of the limelight. Getting onto Love Island will be a huge boost for her though and will show off her credentials in her own right.'  

Rising star? It comes as bosses have reportedly set their sights on stunning student Kat Harrison for this summer's series after falling for her 'brains and beauty'

Rising star? It comes as bosses have reportedly set their sights on stunning student

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