‘Love Island’ stint for Irish rugby sevens star Greg O’Shea

By Machuki Sundaa

The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) has given the green light to its sevens star Greg O’Shea to take his sociable and fun personality into popular TV show Love Island ahead of the HSBC World Seven Series preseason.

The Limerick-born fly-half represented Ireland in the 2017 Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix and the 2018 Rugby Sevens World Cup, while helping his team earn core status by scoring one of the tries that led to Ireland getting onto the world series next season after they won the qualifying tournament in Hong Kong in April.

IRFU shared a message of goodwill to O’Shea with Her, which quoted the body on its website as saying: “Greg is a popular member of the Ireland men’s sevens squad that have just completed a very successful season.

“When he advised us he was going on the show we simply told him to enjoy his time in the villa and we would see him for preseason training ahead of next season’s World Sevens Series which kicks off in Dubai in November.”

The 24-year-old who is on the show hoping to find a mate, admitted to The Irish Sun that his sevens career, which involved a lot of travelling, had affected his love life.


“I saw myself marrying the last girl I was with, I was saving up for a ring but she called it a day after our lives together just didn’t work out,” he was quoted as saying.

“My career means I’m away travelling a lot and she was struggling with that in the relationship. It hurt a lot and it took a lot of friends and family to pick me up after that.”

When he was asked by The Irish Sun how he rated his looks going into the show he said: “I broke my face a couple of months ago through rugby so I had a broken nose and a cracked forehead!

“Before that happened I would say I was an eight, but now I’d dock myself down to a seven with the broken face. The lads always say I give the girls a cheeky smile so that’s probably my best feature.”

After the show O’shea will be focused on making the squad for 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.

Main photo: Love Island

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