- 190 cm
- 96 kg
- Date of Birth:
- 04 April 1991
- Warwick, QLD
- Debut Club:
- Melbourne Storm
- Sydney Roosters
- 14 June 2010
- Previous Club:
- Melbourne Storm
- Junior Clubs:
- Hughenden Hawks, Townsville Brothers
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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 will return to the Cowboys in 2019 after picking up a one-year player option.
Favourite movie: Machine Gun Preacher
Favourite sports team: UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs
Favourite athlete growing up: Patrick Johnson
Who would play you in a movie?: Boris Kodjoe
If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?: Pizza
Most ridiculous fact you know: It is impossible to hum properly while holding your nose
First CD: So Fresh
Run on song: Praise the Lord – A$AP Rocky
Event you would most like to attend: Tomorrowland
One superpower: The ability to morph into anything
Childhood career ambition: Electrician
Pre-game meal: Chicken and veg
Favourite joke: Why did the scarecrow win an award? Because he was outstanding in his field
One word to describe yourself: Creative
- Try Assists
- Line Breaks
- Tackle Breaks
- Tackles Made
- Missed Tackles
- Tackle Efficiency
- Average Running Metres
- Total Running Metres
- Total Points
- Average Points
2018 Season - By Round
|Round||Opponent||Score||Position||Minutes Played||Tries||Goals||Points||Kicking Metres||Forced Drop Outs||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||Sharks||Won||20 - 14||Centre||80||1||-||4||-||-||-||1||3||14||-||11||17||2||64||-||-|
|2||Broncos||Lost||24 - 20||Centre||80||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||3||24||1||16||11||-||105||-||-|
|3||Storm||Lost||30 - 14||Centre||80||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||34||-||15||11||-||71||9||-|
|4||Panthers||Lost||14 - 33||Centre||80||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||2||18||1||7||13||2||65||-||-|
|5||Warriors||Lost||22 - 12||Centre||80||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||2||27||-||10||14||2||62||-||-|
|6||Bulldogs||Lost||10 - 27||Centre||80||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||4||29||-||9||14||3||68||-||11|
|7||Titans||Won||26 - 14||Centre||80||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||1||18||-||7||15||-||38||9||-|
|8||Raiders||Lost||8 - 18||Centre||80||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||1||43||-||10||11||1||88||-||-|
|9||Panthers||Won||20 - 26||Centre||80||-||-||-||-||-||1||-||8||39||1||16||17||2||117||8||-|
|10||Wests Tigers||Lost||20 - 12||Centre||80||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||2||46||-||17||14||-||106||10||6|
|11||Rabbitohs||Lost||19 - 20||Centre||80||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||1||15||-||8||14||3||51||-||-|
|12||Storm||Lost||6 - 7||Centre||80||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||38||1||16||13||1||90||-||2|
|13||Sea Eagles||Won||12 - 26||Centre||80||-||-||-||-||-||1||-||-||42||1||18||10||4||118||-||3|
|14||Eels||Lost||20 - 14||Centre||80||-||-||-||6||-||-||-||1||44||1||15||17||3||93||18||-|
|19||Dragons||Lost||10 - 24||Winger||80||-||-||-||-||-||-||1||-||64||1||19||7||-||179||-||19|
|20||Knights||Won||20 - 18||Winger||80||1||-||4||41||1||1||2||1||36||-||17||6||1||153||-||11|
|21||Roosters||Lost||26 - 20||Winger||80||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||1||43||1||15||4||2||114||-||-|
|22||Broncos||Won||34 - 30||Winger||80||-||-||-||23||1||1||1||2||12||-||9||6||1||47||-||-|
|23||Sharks||Lost||28 - 16||Centre||80||-||-||-||44||-||-||-||1||50||-||15||21||-||113||-||-|
|24||Eels||Won||44 - 6||Centre||80||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||1||33||-||9||6||-||85||-||-|
|25||Titans||Won||26 - 30||Centre||80||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||2||34||-||11||15||3||77||12||-|
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|
|Year Start||Year End||Played||Won||Lost||Drawn||Win %||Tries||Goals||Points||Kicking Metres||Kicking Metres Average||Goal Conversion Rate||Try Assists||Linebreaks||Receipts||Tackles Made||Missed Tackles||Tackle Efficiency||Total Running Metres||Average Running Metres||Kick Return Metres||Total Points||Average Points|