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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Ben Foden individual brilliance vs Bristol

Ben Foden individual brilliance vs Bristol

The timing of this clip is poor unfortunately, considering Sale's dismal performance in the European Challenge Cup on Saturday, being hammered by Bath 36-14. But after coming across footage of future England superstar Ben Foden, I felt it needed to be posted.

Foden is currently at Sale where he's been tearing up all opposition with his displays of brilliant running from the back. He's a scrumhalf originally, but has been playing at fullback and is rapidly making the position his own.

Former England fullback Jason Robinson has himself heaped praise on the 22 year old, insisting that had Foden not been injured during the Six Nations, he would have undoutedly commanded the England fullback jersey.

"If Ben hadn't been injured, in my opinion, he would have been nailed on as full-back for England in the Six Nations. He is one of a unique bunch of players who are game-breakers. He's got explosive pace, a fantastic side-step and an eye for the line."

Foden will soon be moving from Sale to the newly promoted Northampton Saints, as part of his quest to secure a starting scrumhalf berth. Robinson however insists that he should stick to fullback.

"When I first started in rugby I was desperate to be a scrum-half, where I had played all my junior rugby. When I signed for Wigan, John Monie said I would never make it as a scrum-half. Given what I've achieved in rugby I'm very grateful for the advice I received."

As you can see by this incredible effort from Foden against Bristol recently, the boy has tremendous speed, stepping, and instinct. Watch this space, as I'm sure we'll be hearing the name Foden for many years to come.



Mardy Bum - Artic Monkeys

Posted at 10:58 pm | 28 comments

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Dan Luger April 27, 2008 10:06 pm

foden sure has a step on him. just look at those backs drop like flies!

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mo14k April 27, 2008 10:27 pm

Wow... That was awesome!!! Guy just slipped through like butter... I'm sure he had 3 all around him at one moment...

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Eric April 28, 2008 12:14 am

I cant believe how he got past the first three defenders... were they forwards? That some serious running

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No.7 April 28, 2008 1:39 am

"sensational" rugby. he backed himself from the very start and didnt lose momentum. how did he play in the last game? anyone?great vid once again!

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Eoghan April 28, 2008 3:26 am

fantastic try. good pace there as well as the elusive step. Great to see.

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Rancid April 28, 2008 5:56 am

He does it practically every game.Shame he's going to Saints

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hackneygriffin April 28, 2008 8:57 am

Great try,Why on earth the boy thinks his career will be furthered by a crack at 9 for Northampton is beyond me. Seems like a terrible decision, especially with the competition for England places in the positions. Hope he proves me wrong.

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Anonymous April 28, 2008 9:30 am

Why ben, why? He is surely lost for fullback, as Northampton will want to play Chris Ashton there.

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fred April 28, 2008 11:06 am

Rancid said... "He does it practically every game.Shame he's going to SaintsApril 28, 2008 7:56 AM"I don't know... There may be a clause that allows him to stayWE WANT BEN

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David April 28, 2008 1:08 pm

Very nice, great to watch, but what happened to the last man he beat? am i missing something or did he slip in fear :D

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Anonymous April 28, 2008 1:38 pm

Rupeni Caucau-esque!

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Anonymous April 28, 2008 2:55 pm

awesome running. btw may i know what song is in the video ?

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Sharky April 28, 2008 3:04 pm

It's the start of Mardy Bum by the Arctic Monkeys. So everyone's in agreement that he should be at fullback then? Looks that way to me. A guy with that much speed and talent needs the space to move. He'll be too cramped at number 9.

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Phil De Glanville April 28, 2008 3:59 pm

foden is cracking at scrum-half, its just that he'll never get in the england squad as a scrum-half. theres far too much strength in depth at that position. foden could make the england 15 shirt his own, especially when you see balshaw playing there. i say playing, i mean butchering. problem as well though, will he get to start at the saints at fullback? theres reihana an ashton already there....

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sully April 28, 2008 4:16 pm

good running, pretty poor defense though, especially the second tackler. this guy played sevens right? definatley a full back, miles ahead of balshaw!

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elrolo April 28, 2008 5:52 pm

Shame he didnt play too well against bath on the weekend, especially with Johnson watching.

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angus April 28, 2008 6:32 pm

What about if cipriani plays fullback for england, leaving wilkinson at fly-half. Where would Foden play then??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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Don April 28, 2008 7:33 pm

BRILLIANT!

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will April 28, 2008 7:48 pm

first of all, fantastic websitesecond, wat a beast of a trydoes anyone agree that he must be picked at 15 for england???

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Anonymous April 29, 2008 12:29 am

great play, but please lose the music

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Anonymous April 29, 2008 1:19 am

Foden just doesnt like playing scrum half at the moment..the reason hes leaving Sale is because he is simply not getting any gametime at scrum half. Its frustrating when you see what an awesome full back he is..I wonder had he been picked for England at FB whether he would have stuck at it a bit at Sale. Hes heading to Northampton to play scrum half, I'm pretty sure it would have been pretty high on his agenda when he met with the Northampton representatives that he play scrum half..in fact they specifically referenced the fact that he would be vying for the number 9 shirt shortly after they announced that they had signed him.As for the person talking about Chris Ashton at full back, Ashton normally tends to play on the wing for Northampton given his inexperience at the moment. I'm sure he'll get played at FB a bit more soon but at the moment he's a bit like Robinson in that he can play both on the wing and at full back

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pm May 01, 2008 4:02 pm

WORST DEFENCE EVER

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AK May 01, 2008 10:17 pm

Worst defence ever? He made them look like the worst defenders ever. Try that one on for size...s'cuse the pun.Martin Johnson will have him playing in White in no time. We will see lots of worst defences ever then...lol

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Anonymous May 09, 2008 12:21 pm

fastest man in world rugby

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Anonymous May 11, 2008 4:01 pm

"What about if cipriani plays fullback for england, leaving wilkinson at fly-half. Where would Foden play then??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????"You drop Wilko, put Cipriani at fly-half, and have Foden/Tait at FB ;)

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james May 18, 2008 4:19 pm

easy peesy i can do dat m8s

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Ben May 30, 2008 11:47 am

To everyone saying "he'll have competition at fullback at Saints, because of Chris Ashton" Aston tends to only play on the wing. And with a season like he has had *07/08* i'm retty sure Jim Mallinder is goin to keep him there. Originaly, Foden was signed as a scrum-half, as he told the management team "I don't mind where I play, as long as i get game time". Since then he has been regsitered as a FB at Saints.

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Anonymous January 05, 2009 11:03 am

Absolutely amazing player.Glad he came to the Saints- he's had a fair bit of game time too.Did something very similar to this at the weekend too- coincidence, was against Bristol again...

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