Julian O'Neill May Face

Australian rugby league bad boy Julian O'Neill could play against the Kangaroos later this year after being given British citizenship.

O'Neill, who holds the dubious distinction of having been sacked by both the Brisbane and London Broncos, obtained a British passport under new immigration laws allowing children of British mothers to claim citizenship.

O'Neill's late mother was from Liverpool and his new citizen status means the goal-kicking five-eighth has been taken off English club Widnes's overseas player quota.

It could also allow Great Britain coach David Waite to pick the 30-year-old for this year's Kangaroos tour - although he may be ruled ineligible because he played one Super League international for Australia in 1997.

Waite has previously picked one Australian player - fullback Michael Withers - in a British squad, but Withers never played and has since said he no longer wants to represent Britain.