Cohen tipped for Premiership return

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Brive are refusing to confirm reports that former England winger Ben Cohen will leave the club in the summer after signing a two-year deal with Guinness Premiership side Sale Sharks.

Reports in the French media claim the 2003 World Cup winner is to quit France for family reasons and will head back to England after completing his 18-month contract at the Top 14 club.

Cohen has been out of the England reckoning since making his move to France. His last international appearance was in a defeat to South Africa at Twickenham in 2006.

A Brive spokesperson said: "For the moment, it is not official. We don't have confirmation yet."

Cohen joined Brive, where he plays alongside former England hooker Steve Thompson and England fly-half Andy Goode, in December 2007 after buying out his contract at Northampton Saints.