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Love Island star and ex-Castleford hooker Jacques O’Neill is offered a route back into rugby league

Love Island contestant and ex-Castleford star Jacques O’Neill is being offered a route back to rugby league… as Cumbria close in on the hooker after he quit reality TV show due to mental health reasons

  • Love Island star Jacques O’Neill has been offered a route back to rugby league
  • The former Castleford Tigers hooker left the sport to appear on the reality show
  • Cumbria have approached O’Neill, who is still under registration with Castleford
  • His home country will play Jamaica in a World Cup warm-up match next month
  • O’Neill has gained 1.3 million followers on Instagram since leaving the show
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Love Island contestant Jacques O’Neill has been offered a way back into rugby league after previously quitting the sport to appear on the ITV2 reality show.

The ex-Castleford Tigers star, who left the program after 37 days due to mental health reasons, has been approached by Cumbria, an England representative team made up of players born in the county.

Although Castleford still retain the Barrow-born hooker’s registration, he has been given the opportunity to represent Cumbria against Jamaica in a World Cup warm-up match at Workington on October 7.

Love Island star and ex Castleford hooker Jacques ONeill is offered
Love Island star and ex Castleford hooker Jacques ONeill is offered

Love Island contestant Jacques O’Neill has been handed a way back into rugby league

Cumbria, an England representative team, have approached the ex-Castleford Tigers hooker
Cumbria, an England representative team, have approached the ex-Castleford Tigers hooker

Cumbria, an England representative team, have approached the ex-Castleford Tigers hooker

Speaking to BBC Radio Cumbria, Barrow Raiders head coach Paul Crarey said: ‘Jacques is definitely a Cumbrian and he would be an option if he wanted to play.

‘He would probably bring people in to watch and raise the profile of Cumbrian rugby league.’

O’Neill has gained over 1.3 million Instagram followers since leaving the Love Island villa.

The Cumbrian - pictured with fellow contestant Dami Hope - left rugby league to take part in the show
The Cumbrian - pictured with fellow contestant Dami Hope - left rugby league to take part in the show

The Cumbrian – pictured with fellow contestant Dami Hope – left rugby league to take part in the show

He has also been offered a handful of deals away from sport, including a deal with PR giant The Social PR.

On the show, the 23-year-old was quick to label himself a rugby league star during an argument with fellow player Jay Younger, insisting he could ‘flatten’ the new arrival.

O’Neill went on to build a relationship with Paige Thorne before joining Casa Amor bombshells Cheyanne Kerr and Mollie Salmon while Thorne was in the other villa.

He formed a connection with contestant Paige Thorne before leaving the villa after 37 days
He formed a connection with contestant Paige Thorne before leaving the villa after 37 days

He formed a connection with contestant Paige Thorne before leaving the villa after 37 days

The 23-year-old (left) cited mental health issues as the reason he left the program
The 23-year-old (left) cited mental health issues as the reason he left the program

The 23-year-old (left) cited mental health issues as the reason he left the program

He has since revealed that Love Island producers ‘messed up’ during his time at Casa Amor, which MailOnline reported earlier this month.

Citing mental health issues, O’Neill emotionally left the show soon after, prompting romance contestant Adam Collard to ‘hook up’ with Thorne in the final weeks of the dating series.

After leaving the villa, O’Neill spoke about being diagnosed with ADHD and also confirmed that he had started therapy.

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