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2012 Ben Foden

Benjamin Foden was born in Chester on 22nd July 1985. He gained his nickname of 'Pop Idol' or 'Pops' by missing the first day of pre-season with Sale Sharks for an audition on the programme.

Ben played for Cheshire & North of England U16s, and England U16s. He then went on to play for England U19s, and England Counties.
Ben joined Sale Sharks in 2004, and Sale Sharks coach Philippe Saint-André saw him primarily as a full-back, commenting after a strong performance from Ben against Newcastle Falcons, "If he's not a full-back I will eat my French beret. There is not a lot of competition among England full-backs and he deserves to go on tour with England – as a full-back not a scrum-half." In spite of these words of endorsement from his coach, Ben’s desire to play scrum half saw him sign for Northampton Saints in 2008, on the basis of a promise to play him at his preferred position; a promise that Sale Sharks could not give him.

Ben arrived at the Saints with a reputation as an extremely talented footballer. Since joining the club he has done nothing to dispel that, if anything that perception has become enhanced.

Although he came to the Gardens with aspirations to be the Saints' scrum-half, once he moved to full back - winning back-to-back man of the match performances in the process - Ben cemented himself as one of the team's prime attacking weapons.

Ben was included in the England U21s team for the 2005 Six Nations and World Championships, and the 2006 Six Nations and World Championship. He was a member of the 2006 Grand Slam winning England U21 squad, playing in all five matches and notching up three tries. He went on to play at the IRB U21 World Championships later that year, sharing the No 9 jersey with Danny Care. He played for the England Sevens in 2006/7 and 2007/8, and the England Saxons at the 2008 Barclays Churchill Cup v USA before being included in the England Elite Playing Squad.
On 14 January 2009, Ben was named in the England Elite Playing Squad for the Six Nations, where he earned his first cap, for the England v Italy match on 7 February 2009 when he came on as a replacement scrum-half for Harry Ellis, with England winning 36-11.

Ben was included in the England squad for the 2009 summer tour against the Barbarians and Argentina and made his first start for England in the uncapped game against the Barbarians on 30 May 2009, a game which saw him playing on the wing and scoring a try in the 32nd minute.

Ben’s first England cap was followed by a European Challenge Cup winner's medal, and as 2010-11 continued he established himself as England's pre-eminent full back. His first England start came in the Six Nations trip to France, when his club partnership with Chris Ashton continued in style, and he was chosen to head down under with the national squad at the end of the campaign, but not before being shortlisted in the nominations for the RPA Players' Player of the Season.

Name Height Weight Position Birth PlaceBirth Date
Ben Foden 183 cm 93 Kg Fullback Chester1985-07-22
Date Opponent Result Min Pts Tries Conv. Penalty Gls Drop Gls
04-02-2012 Scotland Win
13 - 6
80 0 0 0 0 0
11-02-2012 Italy Win
19 - 15
80 0 0 0 0 0

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