Ireland sevens star Greg O’Shea wins ‘Love Island’

By Alex Dudley

It has been an emotional two weeks for Ireland’s Greg O’Shea, but he finally came out of the Love Island villa along with his partner Amber Gill to be crowned Love Island 2019 winners.

The sevens star will be looking forward to getting back into more familiar situations on the rugby field, but he came across brilliantly on television. Not only did he win, but he had the chance to decide whether to share or steal the £50,000 jackpot after picking the envelope handed out by host Caroline Flack with the prize money.

However, O’Shea refused to walk away with the full prize money and instead shared the winnings with the girl that he had coupled up with from the start of his journey. The prize money is likely to be dwarfed with the amount the couple will make through endorsements over the coming months. But, O’Shea has been adamant his future remains on the rugby field.

The winning couple held off stiff competition to win Love Island, with front-runners Molly-Mae Hague and Tyson Fury’s brother, Tommy, finishing in second place. Meanwhile, professional basketball player Ovie Soko and India Reynolds came third.

Upon winning, Gill was asked what it meant to her, and she was full of praise for her Irish sweetheart. She said: “It would be fair to say I’ve had quite a journey in the villa this summer. There have been so many highs, but I’ve still had some quite low lows.

“[Greg] came in in the 11th hour; just when I thought there was nothing left for me in the villa, everything changed. He picked me up when I was at my most vulnerable and helped me rediscover my smile.”

O’Shea entered the villa two weeks ago when Gill was dumped by another islander. Speaking of his experience, he said: “I never thought this was going to happen at any stage.

“I wasn’t even in the villa two weeks ago, I wasn’t here two weeks ago, and obviously the public saw us kick it off, and it just went from there.”

Main photo: ITV.com

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