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Hooker

Brad O'Neill

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Gary Bennett

Nationality

British

Date of birth

22.07.2002

Heritage Number

1112

Debut

24.06.2021

Player Bio

A product of Wigan’s Academy system, Brad O’Neill has become a regular name on the Warriors teamsheet, inspiring Wigan to Challenge Cup victory at Hooker in 2022.

O’Neill was born in Leigh on 22nd July 2002. He has been playing Rugby League since the age of five after joining Widnes-based amateur club Halton Farnworth Hornets ARLFC.

In September 2017, O’Neill signed for Wigan’s Scholarship system and played two seasons for the Under-16s team.

Whilst playing for Wigan’s Scholarship side, he gained international youth experience, representing England Youth four times. In one of those games, O’Neill broke two ribs and suffered a liver laceration injury.

He progressed into Wigan’s Academy in 2019 and also represented Lancashire Academy twice. In July that year though, he suffered an ACL injury in a game against the City of Hull Academy, which ruled him out until 2020 – a year which saw all Academy games suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In March 2021, he played for the first time in over 20 months – gaining first team experience for the Warriors, as he featured in the pre-season friendly against Salford Red Devils before signing for Widnes Vikings on a four-week loan deal in April 2021. His spell with the Betfred Championship club was extended and he played nine games and scored two tries in his time there. He also made an average of 42 tackles per game.

O’Neill was recalled from his loan and went on to feature in 8 games for the Warriors in 2021.

In 2022, O’Neill secured his first Challenge Cup win against the Huddersfield Giants at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, coming into the squad a few weeks prior in place of Sam Powell. O’Neill made 13 appearances in 2022, and was influential in Wigan’s Challenge Cup run as starting hooker in both the Semi Final and Final.

2023 was a key season for the young hooker, who found a more consistent run of games for the Warriors. O’Neill was an integral part of the team which saw Wigan crowned League Leaders’ Shield winners and Super League Champions.

Brad O’Neill was part of the Warriors team to hold all four trophies at the same time after adding the Betfred World Club Challenge and Challenge Cup to his honours in 2024.

Player Honours

Challenge Cup

2

2022, 2024

Leaders Shield

1

2023

Super League

1

2023

World Club Challenge

1

2024

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