Son of Billy Ocean stars in Sevens

Date published: July 27 2014

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Rarely do the offspring of 80's pop stars find themselves taking on the All Blacks, except for Anthony Bayne-Charles.

Rarely do the offspring of 80's pop stars find themselves taking on the All Blacks, except for Anthony Bayne-Charles.

The 31-year-old son of Billy Ocean – the Grammy-winning artist behind songs including 'When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going' – turned out for Barbados in Glasgow on Saturday in the Rugby Sevens competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Speaking about the experience of facing New Zealand in a pool that also included Canada and Scotland, Bayne-Charles stated that he relished the experience.

“It's bizarre (to play against New Zealand),” Bayne-Charles told the Australian Daily Telegraph.

“You are scrolling and looking at those guys on the internet and following them on Twitter feeds. Then all of a sudden you are playing against them.

“It's an experience man, I relished it. Loved it.”

Bayne-Charles added that his famous father, who is currently on tour in the UK, would have found a way to watch him play.

“I think he will be (watching). He will have a live stream man. He is touring at the moment,” added Bayne-Charles.

“I am getting a load of texts and messages that I am trying to ignore so I can concentrate on [the Games].

“Music is in my blood … I produce music myself, man in my downtime. I make a mix of R&B, soul, hip-hop … but the route I chose was out of the shadow of my father.

“I wanted to do my own thing. I think that's one of the things that he embedded in me.

“I was taught to be humble. I had the best of everything, I was lucky, but at the same time it was humble pie.”

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