Who is Kai Fagan? Meet the semi-pro rugby player set to join Love Island 2023

Who is Kai Fagan? Meet the semi-pro rugby player joining Love Island 2023 who went to school with Marcus Rashford, has THREE degrees, and boasts a Corrie star as his cousin

The Love Island 2023 lineup was unveiled on Monday, as fans eagerly count down to the show’s return on January 16.

And among those set to enter the South African villa is PE teacher and semi-pro rugby player Kai Fagan, revealing he is hoping to find a ‘genuine connection’ with someone in the famous villa

But, who is the hunky shirtless sportsman hoping to catch the girls’ eye? Here is everything you need to know about Kai…

Hunky arrival! Who is Kai Fagan? Meet the semi-pro rugby player joining Love Island 2023 who went to school with Marcus Rashford, has three degrees, and boasts a Corrie star as his cousin

Hunky arrival! Who is Kai Fagan? Meet the semi-pro rugby player joining Love Island 2023 who went to school with Marcus Rashford, has three degrees, and boasts a Corrie star as his cousin

Who is Kai Egan?

Before signing up to Love Island, Manchester-born Kai worked as a science and PE teacher, and has also played semi-professional rugby for Burnage RFC.

He says: ‘I’m a Jamaican citizen. Because of that I played rugby 7s for Jamaica. I play semi-professional rugby now for Burnage RFC. 

‘I’ve technically got three different degrees and went to three different unis.’

Asked who he would like to play him in a movie based on his life, Kai adds: ‘Michael B. Jordan, he’s pretty cool.’

Explaining why he’s decided to enter the Love Island villa, Kai says he is hoping to find real feelings with another woman as they will be spending so much time together in the villa.

Dishy! Before signing up to Love Island, Manchester-born Kai worked as a science and PE teacher, and has also played semi-professional rugby for Burnage RFC

Dishy! Before signing up to Love Island, Manchester-born Kai worked as a science and PE teacher, and has also played semi-professional rugby for Burnage RFC

He says: ‘When you first meet someone you never normally get to spend that much time with them, so when you’re genuinely looking for a connection, the Villa is the perfect place to do it.’

Revealing his celebrity crush to be Margot Robbie, Kai also admits he’s already picked his dream dinner guests, adding: ‘Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, Sir Alex Ferguson and probably Sylvester Stallone… it’s a weird group of people that, isn’t it?’

What is Kai Egan’s claim to fame?

While many viewers will discover Kai for the first time when he enters the Love Island villa, this won’t be the first time he’s had a brush with the celebrity world.

He explains: ‘My cousin Dean [Fagan] was in Coronation Street. I went to school with Marcus Rashford and we were in the same class

‘The school I went to was sponsored by Manchester United – I had so many experiences because of that.’

Unlikely: Kai also reveals that his cousin Dean (pictured) was previously a star on Coronation Street for four years, before he was killed off in 2017

Unlikely: Kai also reveals that his cousin Dean (pictured) was previously a star on Coronation Street for four years, before he was killed off in 2017 

Why is Kai Egan single?

Kai admits that he has opted to remain single ‘by choice’ because he has struggled to find his dream girl.

He explains: ‘I’m looking for the right girl. I feel like I have quite high expectations. I don’t feel I should commit to someone unless I’m absolutely buzzing over them, because it’s not fair on them.’

Discussing what he hopes to bring to the villa, Kai adds: ‘I’m pretty lighthearted, I love a laugh. I’m really calm and chilled as well, pretty level headed, quite mature… but not too mature.’

Hot! Kai also reveal that he previously played rugby 7s in Jamaica as he is a citizen for the country, and he has three degrees from three different universities

Hot! Kai also reveal that he previously played rugby 7s in Jamaica as he is a citizen for the country, and he has three degrees from three different universities

What are Kai’s ‘icks?’

While Kai admits that there are multiple things that can ruin his connection with a girl, there is one thing in particular he hates.

He says: ‘There’s loads… having smelly breath is one. And I don’t like a girl that calls me ”mate” or ”bro” and stuff like that.’

What are Kai’s best and worst date stories?

Like every Love Island star, Kai has his own terrible date story, detailing the moment his male pal cancelled on a double date.

He says: ‘My friend arranged for him and I to go on a double date in a bar in Manchester. He didn’t turn up to the bar so I was there on my own with these two girls and had to spend loads of money!’

But, Kai does already have plans for a dream date if money were no object, saying: ‘I would want to get some of those gliding suits and fly over New York. She’s never going to be able to say she’s done that before!’

Determined: He also admits that he has signed up for Love Island as he hopes to find a 'genuine connection' with a girl after remaining single 'by choice'

Determined: He also admits that he has signed up for Love Island as he hopes to find a ‘genuine connection’ with a girl after remaining single ‘by choice’ 

Looking good! Kai has documented his pre-Love Island exploits on social media, including trips abroad, rugby matches and nights out with his pals

Looking good! Kai has documented his pre-Love Island exploits on social media, including trips abroad, rugby matches and nights out with his pals

What is Kai’s Instagram?

Kai has documented his pre-Love Island exploits on social media, including trips abroad, rugby matches and nights out with his pals.

His most recent post before entering the villa was shared in December, showing him in the midst of a haircut.

You can follow him @kaifagan_

Love Island returns on Monday, January 16 at 9pm on ITV2 and ITVX. 

Back soon: Love Island returns on Monday, January 16 at 9pm on ITV2 and ITVX

Back soon: Love Island returns on Monday, January 16 at 9pm on ITV2 and ITVX

LOVE ISLAND 2023: MEET THE CONTESTANTS

Tanya Manhenga 

Name: Tanya Manhenga

Age: 22

Location: Liverpool

Occupation: Student and model

Something not many people know about her: ‘I have Vitiligo, which is a skin pigmentation, you may not even notice it.’

‘It’s on my lip and I have a stripe on my hair. Not many people know that but I think it’s quite cute.’

‘I don’t care about covering it up all the time, I think it’s a vibe.’

Lana Jenkins 

Name: Lana Jenkins

Age: 25

Location: Luton

Occupation: Makeup artist

Something not many people know about her: ‘In my work as a makeup artist I’ve worked with lots of celebrities.

‘Also, when I was 6-years-old I used to live in Spain and I was in an episode of Benidorm as an extra.’

Anna-May Robey

Anna-May Robey 

Name: Anna-May Robey

Age: 20

Location: Swansea

Occupation: Payroll assistant

Something not many people know about her: ‘I went on a date once and I never saw him again.’

‘We went for food and shared a bottle of wine. As I was speaking to him he fell asleep!’

‘I had to clink his wine glass to wake him up.’

Tanyel Revan

Tanyel Revan

Name: Tanyel Revan

Age: 26

 Location: North London

Occupation: Hair stylist

Something not many people know about her: ‘My celebrity crush is Channing Tatum – I don’t like pretty boys, they give me the ‘ick’ because they always have a crap personality.’

‘Channing Tatum is handsome but not too pretty. He’s manly and he can dance.’

‘If a man can dance I’m in love with him straight away.’

Olivia Hawkins

Olivia Hawkins

Name: Olivia Hawkins

Age: 27

 Location: Brighton

Occupation: Ring girl and actress

Something not many people know about her: ‘I did a film with Jason Statham and had a nice 10-minute convo about life.’

‘I’ve been a ring girl for KSI, I played a waitress in James Bond with Daniel Craig and I’ve also been a body double for Michelle Keegan and Emma Watson.’

Kai Fagan 

 Name: Kai Fagan

Age: 24

Location: Manchester

Occupation: Science and PE teacher

Something not many people know about him: ‘I’m a Jamaican citizen. Because of that I played rugby 7s for Jamaica.’

‘I play semi-professional rugby now for Burnage RFC.’

‘I’ve technically got three different degrees and went to three different unis.’

Ron Hall

Ron Hall

 Name: Ron Hall

Age: 25

Location: Essex

Occupation: Financial advisor 

Something not many people know about him: ‘On meeting me, you’d never know I am blind in one eye.’

‘It was the result of a football injury when I was 8. I’ve got two different coloured eyes, one blue and one green.’

Will Young

Will Young

 Name: Will Young

Age: 23

Location: Buckinghamshire

Occupation: Farmer

Something not many people know about him: ‘Every night I light a candle and meditate for 20-25 minutes.’

‘A girl I was seeing told me to meditate, I tried it and loved it. I stopped seeing her and carried on meditating!

‘It’s a nice way to self reflect.’ 

Shaq Muhammad

Shaq Muhammad

Name: Shaq Muhammad

Age: 24

 Location: London

Occupation: Airport security officer

Something not many people know about her: ‘I’m a very emotional person. It can be a blessing and a curse.’  

‘Every time I watch Dear John I cry. 

That’s my favourite film. Any time I’m with someone and they say, ‘Let’s watch a romantic film’, I’m like, ‘How about Dear John, how does that sound?’

Haris Namani

Haris Namani

Name: Haris Namani

Age: 21

 Location: Doncaster

Occupation: TV salesman

Something not many people know about her: ‘I’ve never found love. I think this is the show that can help me.’

‘It’s the best opportunity for me to find the girl and find the right one. I’ve obviously not found the right one myself.’

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