Saints rugby legend Ben Cohen has been confirmed as one of this year’s contestants in the BBC One hit show Strictly Come Dancing.
The 34-year-old, who played more than 150 times for his hometown club, Northampton Saints, and 57 times for England, was revealed during tonight’s episode of The One Show.
Commenting on Twitter after the long-expected announcement, he said: “Finally, I can talk about being on Strictly this year - phew!
“Now have to see if I can dance.”
He was immediately congratulated by his celebrity friends, including Total Wipeout host and former model, Amanda Byram, who Tweeted the sportsman to wish him good luck.
The ex-Kingsthorpe Upper School student will take to the dancefloor alongside fashion designer Julien Macdonald, singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Coronation Street’s Natalie Gumede, Hairy Biker Dave Myers and businesswoman Deborah Meaden.
Other dancers are Mark Benton, James Bond actress Fiona Fullerton, Ashley Taylor Dawson from Hollyoaks, Patrick Robinson from Casualty and model Abbey Clancy.
BBC breakfast presenter Susanna Reid, Countdown star Rachel Riley, model and TV presenter Abbey Clancy, golfer Tony Jacklin and television personality Vanessa Feltz had already been confirmed.
A World Cup winner and former Northampton Old Scouts player, Mr Cohen founded The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation in 2011, to combat bullying and homophobia.