(born 22 July 1985 in Chester
) is a rugby union
footballer who plays for Northampton Saints
. He plays at fullback
, but can also operate on the wing
. He scored his first try for England against in the 2010 Six Nations
He gained his nickname of 'Pop Idol
' or 'Pops' by missing the first day of pre-season with Sale for an audition on the programme.
Foden was educated at Bishop Heber High School
before moving to Bromsgrove School
for sixth form. His Bromsgrove School teacher Paul Mullan was a big influence on his career, as was his dad, Rob, who coached Ben and brother Tom's youth team.
His career has been divided between playing at scrum-half
, though he can also operate on the wing
. In an interview in March 2009, Foden accepted that his future lies at playing fullback
Foden played for Cheshire and North of England U16s, and England U16s. He then went on to play for England U19s, and England Counties.
He joined Sale Sharks
in 2004, and Sale Sharks coach Philippe Saint-André
saw him primarily as a full-back, commenting after a strong performance from Foden against Newcastle Falcons
, "If he's not a full-back I will eat my French beret. There is not a lot of competition among England full-backs and he deserves to go on tour with England – as a full-back not a scrum-half." Despite these ringing words of... Read More