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Wingers have to sniff out gaps in defences


Ben Cohen


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 takes a high ball in training for England
You need to be confident under a high ball

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.


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Ben Cohen facts
Date of Birth: 14 September 1978
Place of Birth: Northampton
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 16 st
Clubs: Northampton Saints
Position: Wing
England debut: 5 February 2000 against Ireland



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