Lillyman: Bull or Ox? How the nickname started

A self-described 'knock about Country' boy, Jacob Lillyman is known by two names in NRL circles.

Depending on who you speak to, he's the Bull or the Ox but either way the muscular front rower answers to his cattle call.

Speaking to the Our Town Our Team podcast, Lillyman explained the history behind his nickname.

"Bull started a very long time ago back up in Townsville," Lillyman said.


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"Where I'm from, people used to call each other Bull and I guess just saying to my mates 'how you are going Bull?' and then everyone started saying it back to me.

"It caught on and that's how I got that. It really stuck with me over the years."


So how did the Bull become the Ox?

Did the nickname change as he aged? Not quite.

"I came here and our strength and conditioning coach, he was called Bull," Lillyman said.

"It was a little bit confusing, so the boys manipulated it into another form and I become the Ox.

"That's how it came about. I've been answering to a couple of different names."