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Out rugby player Sam Stanley says he may not return to sport after wedding

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Out gay rugby player Sam Stanley says he may never return to professional sport.

Stanley has faced criticism from other sections of the gay community for his age-gap relationship.

The 26-year-old athlete revealed earlier this year that he is to marry Laurence Hicks, 60, his partner of seven years.

Sam Stanley and Laurence Hicks

Asked about returning to sport, he told GSN: “I think at the minute, and how things have gone, not really. I miss it a hell of a lot.”

He explained: “I guess certain injuries can be hit and miss, some people can recover from them but unfortunately I’ve not.

“I’ll continue rehab and see where I am, but at 26 I still think I have a fair bit of time in me.”

The former pro player now lives in Italy with his husband-to-be.

He has previously blamed a lack of sex and relationship education for people finding their age-gap relationship unusual.

Out rugby player Sam Stanley says he may not return to sport after wedding

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“There is a 34 year gap between us,” he told Attitude.

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