Cohen has his dance partner

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rhianoff
Ben Cohen and Kristina Rhianoff

FORMER England rugby player Ben Cohen has found out who his professional dance partner will be on Strictly Come Dancing.

The former Northampton Saints player, who lives in the Daventry district, has been partnered with Kristina Rihanoff, who has been working on the show for six series.

She is best known for being the professional partner of journalist John Sergeant when he appeared on the show in 2008 and dragged her across the dance floor.

The celebrities found out who their partners were on a special show broadcast on Saturday. The first of the live shows will be startinglater this month on BBC One.

Speaking on Twitter about the experiences of training for the show, he said: “Thank u 4 all your kind messages of support! @KRihanoff has a big job on her hands teaching me to dance!

“Can’t wait to start dancing with my new dance partner @KRihanoff ! This is going to be an interesting journey.”