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We catch up with Jamaica Rugby 7s Conan Osbourne

PICTURED: Conan Osbourne

AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN as the UK Reggae Crocs, the Jamaica Rugby 7s team are the only Caribbean country to play in the Rugby World Cup and Commonwealth Games. And before he jetted off to the Cayman Islands, we caught up with their spokesperson, Conan Osbourne to talk about bucket lists, Ricky Gervais, superfoods, the Olympics and more:

Q: Are you named after Conan the Barbarian?

Conan Osbourne: My dad likes to think so, but my mum claims it's a little more sophisticated as I'm named after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Q: Who inspires you and why?

CO: I have two icons that admire: Ricky Gervais because he’s hilarious and I like his frankness. Otherwise, because of his unrivalled Olympic achievements, it's got to be Usain Bolt.

Q: Jamaica is renowned for running, reggae and rum, so what's the roots of Jamaican Rugby 7s?

CO: We're on a mission to spread the joy of rugby to win the hearts and minds of Jamaicans and the world. Also, it’s no secret that Jamaicans are blessed with speed, stamina and strength, these qualities are a perfect match for rugby.

Q: To qualify for the 2020 Olympics, you must win the Rugby America North Sevens (RANS) in the Cayman Islands, how do you rate your chances?

CO: Of course, there’s a lot of good teams competing, but Canada are the favourites. However, we’ve got good form as we’ve won it for the last two years running. And with Tropical Sun Foods creating a giant good luck card featuring messages from our fans, it will be like having an 8th man on the pitch. If I was a betting man, I wouldn't rule us out.

Q: Jamaica UK Rugby 7s recently partnered with world food brand Tropical Sun, tell us more about that partnership?

CO: Tropical Sun have stepped in to support us, not only with vital funding, but with access to their foods and drinks for fantastic nutrition. They've created a set of recipes to aid recovery and performance during and after games.

This includes a Croc breakfast (Crocfast) that uses a super fruit called ackee, the national fruit of Jamaica. They’ve also created a Croctail that uses its 100% natural coconut water. This drink rehydrates and replenishes energy as a post-workout smoothie. Both are very tasty.

Q: When it comes to food do you have a favourite Jamaican meal, what is it and why?

CO: That's easy. Curry Goat - It's a classic. Chuck some fried dumplings, spice it up with some Tropical Sun Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce on the side and you've got yourself a winner.

Q: What's the strangest world food you've tried whilst abroad on tour?

CO: Probably Octopus tentacle, it had the suckers on it which made it a very stubborn meal to swallow. And whilst I’m game for trying anything once, never again!

From June 24th – 30th, Osbourne is a World Food Champion for the Tropical Sun World Food Week. The week gives people the opportunity to try something new and to be more adventurous with their food. To find out more and for a chance to win tickets to ‘The Taste The World’ tent at WOMAD Festival go to TropicalSunFood.com/WorldFoodWeek. Enter by July 15th. T&C's apply. Good luck!

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