Ben Cohen feeling 'nervous' ahead of 'Strictly Come Dancing' debut

Ben Cohen of the Northern Hemisphere XV for the Help for Heroes Challenge passes the ball during the captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on December 2, 2011
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Former England rugby international Ben Cohen says that he is feeling nervous ahead of his Strictly Come Dancing debut.

Former England rugby international Ben Cohen has admitted that he is feeling nervous ahead of his first dance on BBC reality show Strictly Come Dancing.

The 35-year-old will take to the dancefloor with partner Kristina Rihanoff for the first time this weekend to perform the Cha-Cha-Cha.

While Cohen has admitted that he is slightly nervous, the ex-rugby player is hopeful that hours of intense training will help him through.

"It's nerve wracking but hopefully all the training and practising of the last couple of weeks will make it second nature on the night," the Daily Mail quotes Cohen as saying.

"I just need to remember to smile and dance and everything else in front of the audience, and not let nerves take over."

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch's wife Abbey will also make her Strictly bow this weekend.

Ben Cohen of the Northern Hemisphere XV for the Help for Heroes Challenge passes the ball during the captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on December 2, 2011
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