Phil Cantillon is a British former rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s.
Cantillon moved from Wigan after signing for his hometown club in 1992 to Keighley Cougars in 1995 - becoming an immediate star with his no nonsense style and try scoring ability. Cantillon went onto play for England in the 1996 Super League World Nines in Fiji under Phil Larder eventually losing to Australia - before moving to Leeds two years later and Widnes in 1999. The hooker and utility star became a firm favourite of the fans with cult figure status gained with spectator chants of "Oh ah Cantillon". His electrifying burst of speed and superb balance served him well during a long and illustrious career, which saw him captain Ireland Rugby League and break many try scoring records including world records, at club and international level. 
Cantillon played for Widnes where he ran up a "remarkable tally of 102 tries in only three-and-a-half seasons.Cantillon took out the Tom Bergin Trophy as man of the match in the 2001 Grand Final victory following another world class performance. Cantillon was also selected for England for the World Sevens in Australia in 2003, taking them to the final with 2 tries in a man of the match performance in the semi final."
During his 5 seasons at Widnes, Cantillon broke many try scoring records including a world record for most tries in a season with 48 in 2001 surpassing the legendary Ellery Hanley in doing so. Cantillon also holds the world record for most tries in a match with 7, racking up a total of 117 tries from 152 appearances placing him in the top ten all time try scorers for Widnes. Cantillon's try scoring exploits catapulting Widnes back into Super League where they narrowly missed out on the top 5. 
Cantillon was named captain of the Ireland national rugby league team in 2003, qualifying for under the grandparent rule after firstly representing England. Ireland enjoyed an outstanding European Nations tournament, finally losing to France in Dublin, with firstly an away win versus Scotland in which Cantillon scored his first try for Ireland.
Cantillon led Ireland to the European Nations Final against England in 2004 scoring a record 4 tries in a semi final win against Scotland and to impressive World Cup qualifying wins against Russia and Lebanon in 2005 and 2006, ensuring they booked their place for the 2008 World Cup in Australia, signing of his performances by holding the record for number of tries scored by any player for Ireland R.L with 9 and most tries in a match with 4, and taking them to be ranked 2nd best team in Europe. 
Cantillon retired from professional Rugby League as a record breaking dual international in 2006 after making over 400 appearances and scoring almost 200 tries with successful spells at Wigan, Keighley Cougars, Leeds Rhinos, Widnes Vikings, Halifax, Rochdale Hornets and finally a player coach role at Blackpool. Cantillon went onto play with other Rugby League legends from over the eras in raising money for charity with Great Britain All Stars. 
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