Billy Ocean's son playing rugby's 'rock stars'

11:49, Jul 27 2014
Anthony Bayne-Charles
STAR STRUCK: Anthony Bayne-Charles, the son of pop star Billy Ocean, squared off against the NZ sevens team in Glasgow.

Get outta my dreams, get into my car.

No, that's not Billy Ocean.

It's his son, Barbados sevens player Anthony Bayne-Charles, on going head-to-head with the greatest rugby team on the planet, New Zealand, at the Commonwealth Games.

"It pumps you up man. It's a bit like noise in your car," Bayne-Charles said.

"It's bizarre. You are scrolling and looking at them 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."

Grammy award-winning R&B legend Ocean sold out UK arenas for a living.


Overnight, he watched on an internet feed as his 31-year-old offspring played in front of 50,000 screaming fans at the iconic Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow.

"He is touring at the moment. I am getting a load of texts and messages that I am trying to ignore so I can concentrate on this," he said.

So after living all but two years of his life in England how did Bayden-Charles end up on the rugby sevens world stage for Barbados, instead of following in the footsteps of his father?

"I am a nomad, man," he said.

"I like to keep away from the crowd (surrounding Ocean). I leave that to my sisters.

"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."

Ocean was born in Trinidad and Tobago, but Bayden-Charles has lived in Barbados and has family there.

He also previously represented Nigeria on the sevens world circuit.

But the most surprising thing is that he's playing rugby at all after a slow start at the exclusive English boarding school, Hallgrove, he attended in Surrey.

"I actually hated rugby but my housemaster taught me how to tackle properly and I went from there."

There wasn't much evidence of his defensive nous as Barbados went down 68-5 to Canada, 56-0 to Scotland and 59-0 to New Zealand.

But for entertainment value - Bayden-Charles is a chip off the old block.