Regan Grace dazzles after being called into St Helens side to face Wigan in Good Friday derby
THE BROTHER of reality TV star Lateysha Grace is just about the talk of rugby league after being given a shock call-up for his Super League debut.
The Welsh girl found fame on the reality TV show after previously starring on MTV show The Valleys.
And she particularly hit the headlines when her skirt split on live TV as she twerked during Big Brother’s Little Brother.
But she was given plenty of reason to smile when younger brother Regan was given his full St Helens debut.
The 20-year-old was named on the wing for Good Friday’s huge derby at Wigan Warriors, attracted a crowd of more than 23,000.
His performance also saw him live up to the billing.
Flyer Grace has been tipped for big things after signing for St Helens as a junior after being spotted playing in south Wales.
But caretaker coaches Sean Long and Jamahl Lolesi named him in the first team for the first time as Saints faced their most bitter rivals.
And Grace did not disappoint, scoring one try with a diving finish at the corner and starting the move for another with a fine break in his own half.
St Helens may have lost 29-18 after prop Kyle Amor was sent off for what was deemed a high tackle on Liam Marshall.
But it was Grace’s impact that many people were talking about and he could play against Castleford today.
Fellow winger Tommy Makinson, who can also play at full-back, admits he will not stand in Grace’s way if he kicks on from his brilliant derby debut.
He also believes he and fellow team-mates Adam Swift, Jonny Lomax and Jack Owens can help bring him on after his initial impact and will not be obstacles.
He said: “Regan had one of the best debuts I’ve seen. He had a fantastic game, although we all know what he can do.
“Me, Adam, Jack and Jonny have all got our work cut out but it’s good, I’m not one who’s going to hold him back.
“We also all know what he has to work on and what he can get better at but for a 20-year-old, he’s frightening.
“We’ve got to help him develop because he’s a hell of a player but he’s nowhere near the finished product.
“As are all of us. We’re all young lads – just not as young as him – but we’re all maturing and developing and there’s only good things to come.”
Grace endured a turbulent week ahead of Good Friday after coach Keiron Cunningham was sacked on Monday.
It is believed owner Eamonn McManus will not name a replacement until next year, meaning Lolesi and Long can expect to stay in charge for the rest of the Super League season.
But Makinson believes much of the blame should rest on the players’ shoulders.
He added: “We’re all bitterly disappointed in what happened to Keiron as it’s our performances that brought it,” he added.
“We feel we owe it to him because he’s a legend of the club and I know he’d be cheering us on all the way.
“It’s us that put us in a bad spot. We didn’t play the way the coaches wanted us to play.”
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