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Justin O'Neill

Justin O'Neill
  • Date of Birth: 04-04-1991
  • Height: 191
  • Weight: 92
  • Position: Centre
  • Rep. Honours: Vanuatu (2012), NRL All Stars (2013), Qld (2016), Australia (2016)
  • Junior Clubs: Hughenden Hawks, Townsville Brothers
  • Previous Clubs: Melbourne Storm
  • FG Debut: Melbourne v Roosters, 14/06/10 (Rd 14)
  • Club Debut: v Roosters, 7/03/15 (Rd 1)
  • Twitter: Juz_e
  • Instagram: Juz_e

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Born: Warwick
Home town: Hughenden
Qualifications: Cert III Youth Work
Career highlight: Origin debut & Australian debut
Best part about being a Cowboy: Only rugby league team in town & passionate supporters
Favourite recipe: Slow-cooked lamb shanks
I would spend my last $10 on: Lotto ticket
If you were an animal, what kind would you be: Eagle
Something not many people know about you: I love gadgets
Message to younger players: Set your goals and work hard to achieve them

Originally a junior with Brothers in Townsville, Justin O’Neill made his debut for the Storm midway through the 2010 season and played 67 NRL matches for the club, scoring 34 tries.

He played in five finals games with Melbourne, including the 2012 grand final which saw the Storm beat Canterbury 14-4 with O’Neill scoring one of his team’s three tries.

He also featured in a Test against Greece for his country of heritage, Vanuatu, in 2012.

At the start of the following season, he represented the NRL All Stars squad against the Indigenous All Stars.

O'Neill signed with the Cowboys on a two-year deal in late 2014, becoming a regular in the team in his first season at the club – he played in 26 games throughout the 2015 season.

Starting the season on the wing, O'Neill shifted to centre in round 9 and remained in that position for the remainder of the season.

O’Neill crossed the stripe for 13 tries throughout the season, making him the third-highest try-scoring Cowboy for 2015. He also recorded 17 line breaks, 11 ofloads and 117 metres per game and was named most improved Cowboy.

In January 2016, Queensland State of Origin coach Kevin Walters named O’Neill in his Emerging Origin squad.

O’Neill was a constant handful for opposing centres in 2016, crossing for 13 tries and amassing 57 tackle breaks, the fourth best in his team.

O’Neill’s consistency and lethal ball running were duly rewarded when he was named in the Queensland State of Origin team and he was one of the Maroons’ best over the three games.

He ended the playing season with selection in the Kangaroos squad in the Four Nations tournament.

The centre played the first three rounds of the 2017 season before missing two games with a hamstring injury.