Cohen ready for fight

Ben Cohen has no problem fighting for his place in the Brive side after joining former Northampton and England team-mates Steve Thompson in France. [more]

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Ben Cohen has no problem fighting for his place in the Brive side after joining former Northampton and England team-mates Steve Thompson in France.

The 29-year-old wing, who had been a free agent after leaving Saints in September, has signed an 18-month deal with the option of an additional year after a proposed move to Leicester fell through.

He said: "Brive have really welcomed me to the club. I’m a competitor and I will try to use my experience to help the club.

"It’s a new challenge for me and I know that I will have to find my place in the team."

Cohen was a member of the Barbarians squad who beat South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday, his first competitive game of the season.

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He quit Northampton after being overlooked for the club captaincy and will look to help his new club arrest a slide that has seen them lose their opening four Top-14 matches.

Cohen has scored 31 tries for England – only Rory Underwood has more – and was a member of the 2003 World Cup-winning team.

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