Thursday, 3 March 2011

Big Ben not for Sale

News today that former England wing Ben Cohen has threatened to retire at the end of the season after being told he is surplus to requirements at Sale Sharks.

It's fair to say that I've never been Cohen's biggest fan - an admittedly irrational dislike probably based on nothing more concrete than his penchant for posing in his underwear at every opportunity.

To be fair to him, his purple patch in 2002-2003 did coincide with (and, I reluctantly concede, contribute to) England's march to the World Cup. I also can't argue with the stats that show Cohen to be England's joint second highest try-scorer (even if the majority of his 31 international tries involved, as I perhaps somewhat harshly recall, little more than him flopping over the line after the good work of others).

"Sale don't want me anymore because they're trying to spend more money in the pack," blubs Cohen. "I've got another couple of years left in me so I'll try to get a club in the Premiership. If not, I'll retire."

Promises, promises.


anne bebbington said...

Speaking from a purely female perspective its those same underwear commercials that rate him so highly in my list of rugby players :) so shallow!!!

Anonymous said...

Funny how men always complain about women being catty, when they're just as guilty of it.

At any rate, Cohen was a good player years ago. If he retires now it will be no loss to the game; good luck to him in his post-rugby career.

Total Flanker said...

Meeeow :)