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England flyer Ben Cohen's wing tips
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Ben Cohen bursts into space against Australia
Cohen's pace and size make him a tough opponent
England and Northampton speedster Ben Cohen is thought by many rugby watchers to be the best winger in the world at the moment.

His match-winning displays during the autumn internationals against southern hemisphere giants Australia, New Zealand and South Africa won him rave reviews.

And a strike rate of 19 tries from just 26 international appearances marks him out as a finisher of the highest quality.

So when Cohen met up with our friends at Xsport and told them what it takes to be a world-class winger, it had to be worth investigating!

"To be a winger you need to be able to do a bit of everything," Ben said.

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

"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.

"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 is up to you and your full-back to deal with it.

"Simple really!"


Xsport is on Xchange on Fridays on the CBBC Channel at 7:25-8:05am (repeated at 1:00-1:40pm) and 6:00-6:25pm.



Ben Cohen factfile
Date of birth: 14 September 1978
Place of birth: Northampton
Height: 6ft 2ins
Weight: 15st 10lbs
Position: Winger
England caps: 26

Did you know?
Cohen sometimes room shares with Jonny Wilkinson and claims the England fly-half snores something rotten!



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