FORMER Widnes Vikings player Keanan Brand has entered the Love Island villa.

It was revealed last night that the 24-year-old, who now turns out for Super League side Leigh Leopards, had travelled to South Africa to take part in the hit ITV2 show and he made his first appearance at the end of Thursday night’s episode.

Brand becomes the second professional rugby league player to feature in the show in the space of a year, with former Castleford Tigers hooker Jacques O’Neill entering the villa last summer.

Having joined Warrington Wolves ahead of the 2020 season, Brand struggled for game time in a Wire shirt and made just three appearances for the club.

He then joined Leigh the following year and has featured in a relegation from and a promotion back to Super League in his two full seasons at Leigh Sports Village.

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