Love Island 2022: Liam Llewellyn’s father is revealed as Welsh rugby hero


Love Island 2022: Gemma Owen’s not the only one with a famous sports star dad! Her brief partner Liam Llewellyn’s father is revealed as Welsh rugby hero who scored a try in World Cup

Former Love Island couple Liam Llewellyn and Gemma Owen have more in common than they realise in terms of coming from sporty families – as Liam’s dad has been revealed as a Welsh rugby hero.

David Llewelyn – or Dai as he’s known to friends – is a former Wales International Rugby Union player who now trains up professional athletes including new boxing champ Joe Cordina.

Gemma, 19, – who’s father is famous footballer Michael Owen – and Liam, 22, enjoyed a brief pairing and were coupled up for the first two days until she was stolen by Italian hunk Davide, 27. 

Impressive! Former Love Island couple Liam Llewellyn and Gemma Owen have more in common than they realise in terms of coming from sporty families - as Liam's dad has been revealed as a Welsh rugby hero (Liam an his dad David pictured at his graduation)

Impressive! Former Love Island couple Liam Llewellyn and Gemma Owen have more in common than they realise in terms of coming from sporty families – as Liam’s dad has been revealed as a Welsh rugby hero (Liam an his dad David pictured at his graduation) 

Welsh personal trainer and masters student Liam, from Newport in South Wales, took after his dad by moving into the fitness profession, but viewers on Love Island have no idea of his sporting family’s credentials.

David Stephen ‘Dai’ Llewellyn, 51, played his club rugby for Ebbw Vale, Newport and Neath and was part of the Wales squad for the 1999 World Cup where he scored a try.

Llewellyn won four caps for Wales between 1998 and 1999.

He featured a further twelve times on the bench for his country, played in the last Five Nations tournament and made one appearance in the 1999 Rugby World Cup as a replacement against Japan.

Family: Gemma, 19, - who's father is famous footballer Michael Owen (pictured together) - and Liam, 22, enjoyed a brief pairing and were coupled up for the first two days until she was stolen by Italian hunk Davide, 27

Family: Gemma, 19, – who’s father is famous footballer Michael Owen (pictured together) – and Liam, 22, enjoyed a brief pairing and were coupled up for the first two days until she was stolen by Italian hunk Davide, 27

Maintaining his fitness, he now works as a personal trainer at Fitness First Cardiff East.

Liam’s grandfather Pancho was also sporty, and with a natural talent for boxing and rugby and like Liam’s original Love Island pairing Gemma, the daughter of ex footballer Michael, was heavily into horses and showed Welsh cobs when his dad was younger.

Liam’s dad is still very much in the mix when it comes to Welsh sporting achievements and following Joe Cordina’s Super featherweight boxing victory three days ago, Liam’s dad wrote online: ‘Great see @JoeCordina_91 champion of the world. 

‘One of my youngest ever clients . I new he would be great as he had that mindset as a teenager. So proud of you joe and your mother and dad will be so proud too! #championoftheworld #joecordina #boxing #champ.’

Cool: David Llewelyn - or Dai as he's known to friends - is a former Wales International Rugby Union player who now trains up professional athletes including new boxing champ Joe Cordina

Cool: David Llewelyn – or Dai as he’s known to friends – is a former Wales International Rugby Union player who now trains up professional athletes including new boxing champ Joe Cordina

Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean actor Steve Speirs also told Liam’s dad he was supporting him on Twitter after he revealed his son was taking part in the ITV 2 Dating show.

Tuesday night’s Love Island ended with plenty of drama as Italian hunk Davide Sanclimenti opted to couple up with Gemma in the first recoupling of the series.

Davide’s decision left Gemma’s partner Liam single and vulnerable, with the Masters student at risk of being dumped from the villa. 

Meanwhile, the tense episode revealed that two brand new girls – Afia Tonkmor and Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu – were heading into the villa, with the public able to vote on which two boys will head on a date with them. 

Incredible: David Stephen 'Dai' Llewellyn, 51, played his club rugby for Ebbw Vale, Newport and Neath and was part of the Wales squad for the 1999 World Cup where he scored a try

Incredible: David Stephen ‘Dai’ Llewellyn, 51, played his club rugby for Ebbw Vale, Newport and Neath and was part of the Wales squad for the 1999 World Cup where he scored a try

The bombshell contestant held the power after it was revealed 24 hours previously that he had to chose one of the girls to pair up with, despite the girls already being in couples with the others lads. 

After spending the day getting to know the girls, the evening saw decision time for business owner Davide as he had to chose which girl to steal from one of the other boys.

Speaking in front of the firepit, he explained that his decision had not been an easy one as he had just 24 hours to get to know the other girls.

He then added: ‘It’s not just attraction, yes she’s a stunning girl. We really had a good time and I would like to know her more. The girl I would like to couple up with is… Gemma.’

She scores! Tuesday night's Love Island ended with plenty of drama as Italian hunk Davide Sanclimenti opted to couple up with Gemma Owen in the first recoupling of the series

She scores! Tuesday night’s Love Island ended with plenty of drama as Italian hunk Davide Sanclimenti opted to couple up with Liam’s partner  Gemma in the first recoupling of the series

As Michael Owen’s daughter made her way over to her new partner, Liam looked visibly gutted as he could only sit by and watch.

But his misery continued as he then received a text which confirmed his single status and revealed that anyone not in a couple by the end of the week is at risk of being dumped from the villa. 

Meanwhile, viewers were quick to take to Twitter to share their thoughts on Davide choosing Gemma to couple up with.

Oh dear: Davide's decision left Gemma's partner Liam single and vulnerable, with the Masters student at risk of being dumped from the villa

Oh dear: Davide’s decision left Gemma’s partner Liam single and vulnerable, with the Masters student at risk of being dumped from the villa 

One viewer tweeted: ‘Gemma and Davide have to be the least compatible couple I’ve ever seen….’

With another sharing: ‘Nothing happened this episode just wasted one hour of my time just to see Davide get with Gemma which was pretty obvs from the beginning. Boringgg.’

The opening scenes saw Gemma made her intentions clear with Davide as she told him that she didn’t like to be second best. 

LOVE ISLAND 2022: MEET THE CONTESTANTS

Paige  Thorne

Name: Paige Thorne

Age: 24

Location: Swansea

Occupation: Paramedic

Who is their type on paper? ‘In Swansea there is just no-one I can find. 

I haven’t got to swipe. So, hopefully they can just come to me now!

‘I came out of a relationship and I was just so done with guys. Then I was like, ‘Ok, I’m bored now’

Indiyah Polack

 Name: Indiyah Polack

Age: 23

Location: London

Occupation: Hotel waitress

Who is their type on paper? ‘It’s quite hard to date without being influenced by social media and stuff like that.

Love Island is a great place to get to know someone one-on-one. 

I don’t think I have ever been out with two guys who are quite the same.’

Tasha Ghouri

Name: Tasha Ghouri

Age: 23

Location: Thirsk

Occupation: Model and dancer

Who is their type on paper? ‘My dating life has been a shambles.

This is an opportunity for me to find ‘the one’ and have a great summer at the same time. 

I’m definitely ready for a relationship. I’m 23 now so I’m ready to get to know someone and travel with them.’

Gemma Owen

Gemma Owen

Name: Gemma Owen

Age: 19

Location: Chester

Occupation: International Dressage Rider and Business Owner

Who is their type on paper? ‘I am open to finding love, I’m wanting to have a really fun summer. 

I would say I’m fun, flirty and fiery. I think I’m good at giving advice, I’m a good person to talk to, I’m very honest. 

If I want the same guy, I’d do it but in a nice respectful way.

Andrew Le Page

Andrew Le Page

Name: Andrew Le Page

Age: 27

Location: Guernsey

Occupation: Real Estate Agent

Who is their type on paper? ‘When I’m with someone I’m very loyal.

I’m a good boyfriend as when I’m with someone I’m all for them.

I’m actually single for once, so I thought why not?

This is the best time to give it a go.’ 

Luca Bish

Luca Bish

Name: Luca Bish

Age: 23

Location: Brighton 

Occupation: Fishmonger

Who is their type on paper? ‘I prefer to meet girls out and about. I think when you go looking for it, it’s not as easy though, it’s like you’re too desperate for it.

If I think you’re the one or I like you, I’ll take you out on a date but other than that, if we talk and I don’t like where it’s going – then I won’t be throwing out dates. 

Dami Hope

Dami Hope

Name: Dami Hope

Age: 26

Location: Dublin

Occupation: Senior Microbiologist

Who is their type on paper? ‘I will be talking to different girls, it might not go well with some.

When I’m actually in a relationship, I think it’s a star sign thing.

 I’m an Aries but I’m very passionate – I always used to put that person first. I’m really good at being in a team’.

Liam Llewellyn

 Name: Liam Llewellyn

Age: 22

Location: Newport, South Wales

Occupation: Masters Student 

Who is their type on paper? ’22 is a really nice age to meet someone, you’ve got your years ahead of you so you have time to  grow together. 

Love Island is a great opportunity to meet someone, you’re in with a load of different types so you can get to grips with what you really like.’

Davide Sanclimenti

 Name: Davide Sanclimenti

Age: 27

Location: Rome (lives in Manchester)

Occupation: Business owner

Who is their type on paper? ‘A lot of English girls actually love me.

They love to be around me and I love to be around them. I want to find my soulmate.

Find my person so I can actually build something in the future, grow with them, be a family. ‘

Ikenna Ekwonna

Name: Ikenna Ekwonna

Age: 23

Location: Nottingham

Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales

Who is their type on paper? ‘I’ve only been in one past relationship but now I think I’m at the age where I could find someone.

Hopefully, I’m going to bring spontaneity and excitement.

 I’m not really shy to speak to people I don’t really care too much about what people think.’

Amber Beckford

Amber Beckford

Name: Amber Beckford

Age: 24

Location: London 

Occupation: Nanny

Who is their type on paper? ‘I don’t like guys that show off.

I don’t like flashy guys – just have a personality and make me laugh.

There was this one guy and he was trying to purposefully show off his car keys and we were literally in the middle of a restaurant!’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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