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England Rugby Hero
Dubbed the 'David Beckham of rugby' Ben Cohen MBE is the 10th-highest point scorer in England rugby history and third behind Rory Underwood and Will Greenwood in the list of all-time England try scorers. Part of the England Ruby World Cup winning-team in 2003, how will this former winger handle the leap from a scrum to a Samba on Strictly Come Dancing?
I’ve always watched Strictly from a distance, and never ever in a million years thought I’d be in this position nowBen Cohen
Ben caught the attention of England boss Clive Woodward whilst playing for successful Northampton RFC who won the Heineken Cup in 2000. Woodward soon handed him an international debut against Ireland during the inaugural Six Nations where he scored two tries.
Beginning his professional career at the age of 17 with Northampton Saints, Ben left English rugby in 2007 crossing the channel to try his hand for French team Brive. He returned home two years later to join Sale Sharks.
Ben was an integral part of the 2003 World Cup winning squad, playing in all but one of England's matches. He was awarded an MBE in the 2004 Queen's New Year Honours list for services to rugby.
In May 2011, the father of twin girls retired from professional rugby to focus on The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation he created to combat homophobia and bullying in the game.
No stranger to a spray-tan nor stripping-off, Ben has appeared in numerous rugby calendars and has also graced the covers of Attitude, Out and Compete Magazine. He has modelled underwear and appeared on live TV in his undies in front of Fern Britton and Philip Schofield (to raise awareness of testicular cancer).
Whether this counts as training for some of the tighter and torso revealing costumes of Strictly Come Dancing is to be seen!