Professional rugby player Sam Stanley is finally opening up about his departure from the sport he loves.
26-year-old Stanley, a former Saracens back who played in five Sevens World Series tournaments for England, tells Gay Star News he had to step away from the sport after suffering an injury.
“Certain injuries can be hit and miss,” he says. “Some people can recover from them but unfortunately I’ve not.”
Stanley became the first English professional rugby union player to come out as gay when he did so in 2015.
When asked if he might return to the sport, he says, “I think at the minute, and how things have gone, not really. … I miss it a hell of a lot.”
However, he hasn’t completely given up hope just yet.
“I’ll continue rehab and see where I am, but at 26 I still think I have a fair bit of time in me.”
In the meantime, he’s living the good life with his fiancé Laurence Hicks. The two live in Sicily, where they operate a posh B&B called Casa Piccolo Paradiso. Stanley spends much of his time playing house, hanging out with guests, skinny dipping, and posting tantalizing photos to his Instagram page.
“At the minute, I’m pretty happy with where I’m at,” he says.
We would be, too!
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