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Love Island ‘sign handsome rugby ace Jacques O’Neill ahead of new series’

Love Island viewers will expect a bit of violence in the Spanish village after producers ‘book’ rugby star Jacques O’Neill for the new series.

The 23-year-old plays for Castleford Tigers but is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, meaning he will have plenty of time to play in the Spanish village.

Hailing from Cumbria, Jacques began playing for the club in his early teens and was even called up to play for the England Knights early in his burgeoning career.

New Islander?  Love Island has reportedly signed rugby star Jacques O'Neill for the new series.

New Islander? Love Island has reportedly signed rugby star Jacques O’Neill for the new series.

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

and according to live rugby leagueHe could also find success in the villa, as it is reported that he will be looking for love in the Mallorcan abode when the ITV2 program returns to screens next month.

Following his major hamstring surgery, Jacques only played six times last season while being forced to miss the Challenge Cup final.

Player: The 23-year-old plays for Castleford Tigers but is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, meaning he will have plenty of time to play for the Spanish villa.

Player: The 23-year-old plays for Castleford Tigers but is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, meaning he will have plenty of time to play for the Spanish villa.

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

MailOnline contacted representatives for Love Island for comment, with a spokesperson beginning: “Any names suggested are pure speculation at this point.”

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 also find success in the villa, as it is reported that he will be looking for love in the Mallorcan abode when the ITV2 program returns to screens next month.

Ready for love? He could also find success in the villa, as it is reported that he will be looking for love in the Mallorcan abode when the ITV2 program returns to screens next month.

It is stated that the producers believe that Kat has the “full package” and that she “should be a shoe for the show”.

said a source Sun: ‘Kat is the mix for the next Love Island series. She works as a model but is also a student at Northumbria University.

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

“She used to date Marty from Geordie Shore, so she’s no stranger to a bit of limelight. However, entering Love Island will be a huge boost for her and will show 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

Rising Star? It comes as bosses have reportedly set their sights on stunning student Kat Harrison for this summer’s series after falling in love with her “brains and beauty.”

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

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

There as swimsuits: It is stated that the producers believe that Kat has the 'full package' and that she 'should be a shoe for the show'

There as swimsuits: It is stated that the producers believe that Kat has the ‘full package’ and that she ‘should be a shoe for the show’

A spokesperson for Love Island told MailOnline: “Any names suggested are pure speculation at this stage.”

Meanwhile, news broke that show bosses were lining up stunning actress and influencer Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu to appear in the show’s next series.

The Turkish social media sensation is followed by a host of celebrities on Instagram, including TOWIE’s Pete Wicks and James Lock, and reality star Wayne Lineker among his web audience of 345,000.

Making a name for himself: A source told The Sun:

Making a name for herself: A source told The Sun: “Coming to Love Island will be a huge boost for her and will show her credentials in her own right.”

Ekin-Su, who divides her time between London and Istanbul, and has appeared in the TV series Kuzey Yildizi in her home country, will set foot in the villa when the show premieres on Monday, June 6, according to Sun.

It was also reported that beautician Sophie Draper has signed on to appear on Love Island.

The make-up artist dated Aston Villa right-back Matty Cash for four years before they split last year.

Elsewhere, Love Island bosses reportedly had to take action after it was suggested that some hopefuls had been leaving partners to get on the show.

Sun reports that would-be islanders have kept their relationships secret and in some cases have even broken up in a bid to secure a spot on the ITV dating show.

But the publication adds that this move allegedly didn’t go down with show bosses, as they reminded potential show stars that they “have no interest in fame seekers.”

Heading to the villa: Meanwhile, news broke that Love Island bosses were lining up stunning actress and influencer Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu to appear in the show's next series.

Heading to the villa: Meanwhile, news broke that Love Island bosses were lining up stunning actress and influencer Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu to appear in the show’s next series.

A source added to the post that a budding islander, who was in talks with show bosses, promised his partner they would “get back together” after the show after failing to give up the chance to become famous.

A source told The Sun: ‘Love Island bosses have no interest in fame seekers. They know islanders who think the show is a quick fix for fame and fortune.

“As has always been the case, Love Island bosses select single islanders looking for love. Nothing else will fly with them. Viewers tune in to see relationships blossom, it’s as simple as that.’

A spokesperson for Love Island told MailOnline: “Our only stipulation is that islanders must be over 18, single and looking for love.”

Love Island Series 8 starts on Monday 6th June 2022 on ITV2.

Uh oh: Love Island bosses have reportedly had to take action after it was suggested some hopefuls had been leaving their partners to join the show, (stock image)

Uh oh: Love Island bosses have reportedly had to take action after it was suggested some hopefuls had been leaving their partners to join the show, (stock image)

Not having it: The post adds that this move allegedly didn't wash over with show bosses as they reminded potential show stars that

Not having it: The post adds that this move reportedly didn’t wash over with show bosses as they reminded potential show stars that they “have no interest in fame seekers”.

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