Ben Cohen

England Rugby International/Activist

Ben Cohen, MBE, is among the world’s greatest athletes. He is an England Rugby World Cup champion, and second in all-time try scoring for his country.

Mr. Cohen retired at the top of his game to found the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation. As Chairman of the Foundation, Mr. Cohen travels worldwide speaking to students and businesses about the importance of character, respect and equality in creating a kinder world. The cause is close to his heart, as Mr. Cohen’s own father was beaten to death when he stood up for an employee who was being attacked. Mr. Cohen has reached millions of people with his message through global media coverage, films and over 500,000 followers on social media. With his leadership, cities across the United States have passed StandUp declarations, calling for an end to bullying.

Working with the UK Home Office, he has led the charge for the StandUp Charter to end homophobia across sports in his country, including broad adoption (4,500 professional teams) to date in soccer rugby and tennis.

Mr. Cohen has recently come out with his own brand of male grooming products, initially available at Boots Chemists, and Eau de Cologne, currently available at Superdrug.

Mr. Cohen is successfully launching two books, one called “Do You – Inspiration And Encouragement For Anyone Who Was Ever Bullied, Left Out, Or Pushed Aside” and his autobiography by published by Ebury Press and Penguin Random House.
Do You is filled with words of encouragement and guidance for overcoming individual challenges and finding the strength to be the best you the world has ever seen.

Ben put all of the anger and pain from his father’s death into his rugby. Fast and powerful on the wing, he was soon the best in the world in his position and a cornerstone of the England team, culminating in the legendary World Cup win in Sydney in 2003. And yet he always felt like an outsider. Most people didn’t know that Ben is clinically deaf. His sixth sense for the game got him through on the pitch, but off it his poor hearing was often taken for arrogance. The book is an inspirational story of passion and pain; of the highs of achieving your goals, and the grief of losing someone you can never get back. Available for pre-order on Amazon.

Mr. Cohen was the recent winner of ITV’s The Jump (2016), and survived until the 8th week with his partner Kristina Rihanof on BBC1’s 11th series of Strictly Come Dancing. Mr. Cohen has regularly appeared in national broadcast and print media to discuss the aims of the Foundation, including the Alan Carr Show, BBC Breakfast, ITV Daybreak, ITV Sunday Scoop, ITV Loose Women, The Clare Balding Show, Hello! Magazine, OK! Magazine The Daily Mail, The Mirror and The Guardian.

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