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Justin O'Neill

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Cowboys

Player Bio

Height:
190 cm
Weight:
96 kg
Age:
29
Date of Birth:
04 April 1991
Birthplace:
Warwick, QLD
Nickname:
juz_e
Debut Club:
Melbourne Storm
Opposition:
Sydney Roosters
Date:
14 June 2010
Round:
14
Previous Club:
Melbourne Storm
Junior Clubs:
Hughenden Hawks, Townsville Brothers
Biography:

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Cowboy #250

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 offloads 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.

Named 18th man for the May Test versus the Kiwis, O’Neill continued to help his now-injury-hit Cowboys team to success, and good form was rewarded with selection in Queensland Origin I team.

After the Maroons lost to the Blues in that match, however, O’Neill was overlooked for games II and III, and poured his energies into playing well for his club, which he did, showing true resilience to come back from a dislocated elbow earlier than expected to play a role in the team’s run to the 2017 grand final.

After battling through a tough start to the season, Justin O’Neill returned to finish 2018 on a high note.

O’Neill signed a three-year contract extension in 2018, which will keep him at the club until the end of 2021.

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Favourite Netflix series: Rick and Morty
Favourite sports movie: Mighty Ducks
Which teammate wins Cowboys Ninja Warrior: Ben Hampton
Best nickname you’ve been given and how did you get it: Mannequin because I look like a statue
Favourite video game growing up: Super Smash Bros – GameCube
Favourite game day pump up song: Praise the Lord – A$AP Rocky
Dream job if you weren’t a football player: DJ
Best concert you’ve been to: Swedish House Mafia

Career

Appearances
175
Tries
75

2020 Season

Appearances
8

Scoring

Tries
4

Attack

Try Assists
0
Line Breaks
5
Tackle Breaks
10

Passing

Receipts
92

Defence

Tackles Made
61
Missed Tackles
13
Tackle Efficiency

Running Metres

Average Running Metres
92.4
Total Running Metres
738

Fantasy

Total Points
181
Average Points
22.6

2020 Season - By Round

2020 Season - By Round
Round Opponent Score Position Minutes Played Tries Goals Points Try Assists Linebreaks Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Hit Up Running Metres Kick Return Metres
1 Broncos Lost 21 - 28 Centre 8 - - - - - - 6 - 4 1 - 27 - -
2 Bulldogs Won 16 - 24 Centre 80 - - - - - 1 27 - 10 12 2 73 18 -
3 Titans Won 36 - 6 Centre 80 1 - 4 - 1 1 39 - 13 8 1 99 - -
4 Sharks Lost 16 - 26 Centre 80 1 - 4 - - 2 19 - 13 8 4 68 10 -
5 Warriors Lost 37 - 26 Centre 80 1 - 4 - 1 3 43 - 14 9 1 121 - 34
6 Wests Tigers Lost 36 - 20 Centre 80 - - - - - 2 39 - 12 11 2 100 24 23
7 Knights Won 32 - 20 Centre 80 1 - 4 - 1 - 23 - 12 7 1 109 - 28
8 Eels Lost 42 - 4 Winger 60 - - - - 2 1 44 - 14 5 2 139 4 25

Career By Season

Career By Season
Year Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Goal Conversion Rate Forced Drop Outs Try Assists Linebreaks Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Tackle Efficiency Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Storm 2010 9 5 4 - 56% 9 - 36 - - - - 1 6 - 54 11 68.32% 1,172 130.22 246 - -
Storm 2011 12 11 1 - 92% 5 - 20 - - - - 1 3 - 104 12 79.42% 1,176 98.00 200 - -
Storm 2012 21 16 5 - 76% 11 - 44 24 1.14 - - 2 6 - 215 60 68.27% 2,458 117.05 324 - -
Storm 2013 21 11 9 1 52% 9 - 36 181 8.64 - - 2 8 317 188 35 77.84% 2,355 112.17 343 372 17.0
Storm 2014 4 1 3 - 25% - - - 25 6.35 - - - 1 37 44 6 77.23% 288 72.05 17 78 19.0
Cowboys 2015 26 18 8 - 69% 13 - 52 33 1.27 - - 4 17 367 273 17 87.83% 3,056 117.57 224 905 34.0
Cowboys 2016 25 16 9 - 64% 13 - 52 94 3.78 - - 3 10 317 306 43 82.22% 2,156 86.25 10 756 30.0
Cowboys 2017 20 11 9 - 55% 1 - 4 44 2.22 - - 1 5 242 240 26 89.05% 1,848 92.42 24 509 25.0
Cowboys 2018 21 8 13 - 38% 2 - 8 118 5.63 - 2 4 5 270 256 30 85.81% 1,912 91.09 54 518 24.0
Cowboys 2019 8 5 3 - 63% 8 - 32 31 3.85 - - 1 6 139 60 11 63.13% 1,029 128.68 96 307 38.4
Cowboys 2020 8 3 5 - 38% 4 - 16 - - - - - 5 92 61 13 81.48% 738 92.36 112 181 22.6

Career Overall

Career Overall
Year Start Year End Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Goal Conversion Rate Forced Drop Outs Try Assists Linebreaks Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Tackle Efficiency Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Cowboys 2015 2020 108 61 47 - - 41 - 164 321 2.97 - 2 13 48 1,427 1,197 140 84.08% 10,788 99.00 522 3,151 29.2
Storm 2010 2014 67 44 22 1 - 34 - 136 231 3.44 - - 6 24 370 604 127 73.56% 6,680 99.00 1,123 599 8.9

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