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

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  • Love Island star Jacques O’Neill has been offered a return to rugby league
  • Former Castleford Tigers hooker quits sport to appear on reality show
  • Cumbria has contacted O’Neill, who is still under registration with Castleford.
  • Their home county will play Jamaica in a World Cup warm-up match next month
  • O’Neill has garnered 1.3 million followers on Instagram since leaving the show

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Love Island contestant Jacques O’Neill has been offered a return to rugby league, having previously left 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 English representative team consisting of county-born players.

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Although Castleford still retains the registration of Barrow-born Hooker, he has been given the opportunity to represent Cumbria against Jamaica in a World Cup practice match at Workington on 7 October.

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Love Island competitor Jacques O’Neill is en route to return to rugby league

An English representative team Cumbria has approached ex-Castleford Tigers hooker.

An English representative team Cumbria has approached ex-Castleford Tigers hooker.

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

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

O’Neal has earned over 1.3 million Instagram followers since leaving the Love Island villa.

Cambrian - pictured with fellow contestant Demi Hope - left rugby league to join the show

Cambrian – pictured with fellow contestant Demi Hope – left rugby league to join the show

He has been offered several offers away from the game, including a deal with public relations giant The Social PR.

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

O’Neill went on to form a relationship with Paige Thorne before joining Casa Amor bombers Cheyenne Kerr and Molly Salmon while Thorne was at another villa.

He had an affair with contestant Page Thorne before leaving the villa after 37 days.

He had an affair with contestant Page Thorne before leaving the villa after 37 days.

The 23-year-old (left) cited mental health issues as the reason for her exit from the program

The 23-year-old (left) cited mental health issues as the reason for her exit from the program

He has since revealed that the producers of Love Island had ‘interfered’ during his time at Casa Amor, as Mall online reported earlier this month.

Citing mental health issues, O’Neill emotionally left the show soon after, prompting love rival Adam Collard to “duet” with Thorne in the final weeks of the dating series.

After leaving Villa, O’Neill spoke about his diagnosis of ADHD and also confirmed that he had begun therapy.

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