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Cohen plays waiting game

England's World Cup-winning wing Ben Cohen may retire at the end of the season after being told he is surplus to requirements at Sale.

Cohen, 32, has revealed he will hang up his boots in the summer if he cannot find another club in the Aviva Premiership.

"Sale don't want me anymore because they're trying to spend more money in the pack," said Cohen after being unveiled as the brand ambassador for clothing retailer High and Mighty. "I've got another couple of years left in me so I'll try to get a club in the Premiership. If not, I'll retire - so we'll just have to see what happens."

Cohen, who joined the Sharks from Brive in 2009 on a two-year contract, revealed a "couple" of clubs had expressed an interest in signing him.

The former Northampton star added: "I've played more than 50 games in one-and-a-half seasons at Sale. I play week in, week out.

"I'm a bit gutted that I'm given the push, but that's life. You just have to take it on the chin."

Cohen's admission comes almost two months after Steve Diamond returned to Sale as executive director of sport.

Diamond's focus so far has been on rebuilding the Sharks pack, with Leeds forward Kearnan Myall announced as his latest signing on Wednesday.

Prop Tony Buckley and hooker Joe Ward have also been secured.

Cohen will follow another one-time England star, Mathew Tait, out of the club, with the centre last week released from his contract ahead of a move to Leicester.


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