James O’Neill

O’Neill, 24, is returning to the Arrows for his sophomore campaign after featuring in 10 matches (six starts) in his first MLR season.

Acquired via trade prior to the 2022 MLR season, the five-foot-eleven, 225-pound forward amassed 394 carry metres on 61 carries, 185 ruck arrivals, 79 tackles (84% completion), eight tackle breaks, seven breakdown steals, two linebreaks, one offload and one try over his first campaign with the club. Following the season, O’Neill was recognized with Club Man of the Year honours at the team’s annual awards ceremony.

Prior to becoming a professional, O’Neill featured for Canada at two World Rugby Under-20 Trophy tournaments, first as an under-ager in 2017, and again in 2018 with the captaincy role.

The Cochrane, Alta. native is a graduate of the University of Victoria, where he notably captained his Vikes side to the Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship title in 2019.

A graduate of Rugby Canada’s national development academy program, O’Neill captained the Pacific Pride to a second-place finish in British Columbia’s inaugural Coastal Cup competition last autumn. He also played his grassroots rugby with the Calgary Canucks.

Updated: Aug. 16, 2022

Position Flanker
Height 5'11"
Weight 225lbs
Hometown Cochrane, Alberta
Grassroots Club Calgary Canucks
University Club University of Victoria
Arrow # 71