Ben Cohen is looking forward to representing his home-town club in the Heineken Cup quarter finals this weekend.

Northampton Saints head to San Sebastian as firm underdogs but Cohen believes that could suit the team.

“Anything can happen in one-off games,” he says. “No one gave us a chance of winning at Leicester last month, but we proved them wrong. 

“I’ve got some good memories of the Heineken Cup, especially winning it in 2000! That was one of the most special moments of my life, especially as I was born and raised in Northampton.


“It’s going to be a fantastic occasion. I remember when we played in Toulouse a couple of years ago and watched on TV when Sale and Bath played Biarritz last year.


“It’s what you play rugby for, a game this big, and that I’ll be playing for the Saints makes it that bit more special.”


Cohen also believes that the game could be the springboard for the rest of Saints’ season, and insists that he’s not going anywhere, regardless of what division Northampton are in.


“Being a Saint is all I’ve really known, along with playing for England. I’m incredibly proud to wear the shirt every time I pull it on and will be again on Sunday, if I’m in the team of course!


“A good performance could really help us set up the last month of the season. But whatever happens I’ll still be here to help get Saints back up to the top of the Premiership.”