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Ben Cohen's wing guide
Ben Cohen
Ben Cohen
England winger

Playing as a winger is part instinct and part learning as you go along.

You're not necessarily born a winger but there are certain attributes you immediately need - pace being the major one.

You need to have speed so that you can make the most of any space and chances that come your way.

Ben Cohen facts
Ben Cohen's guide to wing play
Born: 14 September 1978, Northampton
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 16 st
Club: Northampton Saints
Position: Wing
England debut: 5 February 2000 against Ireland

And you have to offer width to the game, but you also need to go looking for work - there's no point standing out on your touchline all game waiting for the ball to come to you.

It's not all about try scoring though. You have to be able to defend well, have an eye for a gap and know when to go it alone and when to look for support.

It's also important to be able to take a high ball.

Fly-halves just love putting the ball up for their centres and back row to chase and it's up to you and your full-back to deal with it.

Always learning

I can still always pick up tricks off any opponent.

There are a lot of people out there I think are great players.

It's my job to play against them, get the better of them and learn from them.

In a game you might see your opposite number do something and think 'I'll give that a go'.

Needless to say, sometimes it works and sometimes it goes hideously wrong.

But you're not going to improve or progress as a player unless you give it a go.

But likewise there are times when your instinct just takes over, like going for a gap wherever you can see one.



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