Stone Priestley-Nangle has represented Jamaica Sevens for the last two years as they endeavour to qualify for Olympics. He’s the latest in a long line of international players to come from Sale FC Rugby and the second Jamaican international after Anthony “Bingo” Bingham who went to the Commonwealth Games.
We manage to get some time with Stone before he had a well deserved break from Rugby prior to pre-season training.
I captained the team at the Olney 7s festival last week. At 110kg playing 15s I’m an average size and then I get on the 7s pitch and I’m the heaviest player by a mile.
We asked what the best thing about being involved in the Jamaican set up was, he was quite clear it was all about qualifying for the Olympics, but at the same time, the spirit was incredibly important.
The best thing about Jamaica is the reggae vibe and creating fresh history as year upon year we have improved in the tournaments we enter and tournaments we get in.
His long term goal is obviously the Olympics but short term there’s the small matter of trying to compete in the biggest 7’s tournament in the world. The Hong Kong 7’s.
I’m Hoping to play in the Hong Kong tournament in April following in Bingo’s footsteps, which would be a big stepping stone to being selected for the Olympics if we qualify.