Cohen determined to beat the drop
April 4, 2011
Ben Cohen is hoping to see off relegation © Getty Images
Ben Cohen is determined to help Sale Sharks stave off relegation from the Aviva Premiership in what could be his last season as a professional.
The 32-year-old winger is in his final months at the club after being deemed surplus to requirements but is desperate to ensure that his Edgeley Park career does not end in relegation, as his time at Northampton did.
Newcastle or Leeds - who meet on Saturday - are still favourites to go down but Cohen is not relaxing yet. The Sharks were hammered 53-24 by his former club last weekend and have won only one of their last six league games.
"I pride myself on being professional and will be until the end of the season," he said. "I also don't want to be part of a team that gets relegated. I want Sale to finish as high as possible in the table.
"As for myself, I have some options which I am assessing. I have got to make the right decision not just for me but my family. I might retire, I don't know yet."
While seeking to help Sale climb the table, Cohen will also visit the United States next month to take part in a charity fund-raiser, hosted by the Atlanta Bucks rugby club.
"It is to promote anti-bullying. We want to use rugby clubs to send an olive branch to people to join a rugby community, not necessarily just to play," he said. "The gay-friendly rugby clubs have really turned it around. They want to be more accepted in the community because they are perceived to be different, which they are not.
"There are a lot of straight rugby players playing in gay-friendly clubs. Rugby accepts all shapes and sizes, genders and colours and that is its beauty and why I love the game so much."
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