Sevens rugby player Greg O'Shea and beautician Amber Gill won the television show last night.

Irish Sevens Star Wins ITV’s Love Island

Professional rugby player Greg O’Shea, alongside beautician Amber Gill, won the fifth series of ITV’s Love Island last night.

In a controversial end to the show, the pair narrowly beat out two others and shocked the bookmakers to collect the cash prize.

The Irish Sevens player will probably have a couple of months at least to enjoy himself with the World Rugby Sevens Series traditionally starting in October/November. It is believed he will return to pre-season training around August.

He has also made it clear he wants to help Ireland qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo next year.

O’Shea first started playing rugby when he was seven years old and he quickly showed his talent by getting noticed by Munster’s Academy. It obviously helped his cause that he was a very good sprinter when at the age of 16 he competed for Ireland at the 2011 European Youth Olympics 100 meters. He finished sixth.

Because of this speed he found a home on the wing or sometimes at full-back, however he went through a significant injury in 2015 which put his career in jeopardy. He fell off a bicycle and lacerated his Achilles tendon which left a rather impressive scar.

Despite this Munster extended his academy place but eventually moved on after he failed to secure a spot for the senior team.

He then turned his attention to Sevens rugby and found a spot in the Irish national side. He previously made appearances at the 2018 Rugby World Cup and he also helped Ireland qualify for the World Rugby Sevens Series too.

O’Shea interestingly has a maternal grandparent from Hong Kong and his parents Niall and Carol were also sprinters for Ireland. He also has a law degree from the University of Limerick, something he says he wants to use when his playing days are over.

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