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04/19/2007


Ben Cohen Dances the Rumba on 'Strictly Come Dancing': VIDEO

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Ben Cohen, his partner Kristina Rihanoff, and a pair of very snug trousers dance the rumba in your Monday afternoon dance interlude.

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Ben Cohen Dances the Waltz: VIDEO

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Rugby star and LGBT ally Ben Cohen took on the waltz in his second week of Strictly Come Dancing.

Wrote the dancing bear on Facebook: "I need to work on my smile and nerves."

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Ben Cohen's First 'Strictly Come Dancing' Performance: VIDEO

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Ben Cohen had his first official dance on the UK's Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday.

Wrote the rugby star on Sunday:

Morning. So I dance for the first time last night after 12 days of rehearsals. I had the honour of opening the show with the first dance. It was "TERRIFYING" lol. I have lot to work on. I'm back in the studio learning the Waltz this morning.

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Ben Cohen is Shirtless, Fit, and Ready to Dance: PHOTO

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Rugby star and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ben Cohen decided to show his Facebook followers yesterday what kind of shape he's been getting in for the tv dance competition, writing:

"Quick warm up before the photo shoot! #HowvainamI"

Hopefully vain enough to show us some more as the weeks go on.

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Australian Rugby Union To Adopt Pro-Gay Inclusion Policy: VIDEO

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The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) today announced it would amend its charter to offer support for gay players, pledging to put forth a new policy of "inclusion" that aims to end homophobia in Rugby. The move comes in the lead-up to the 2014 Bingham Cup in Sydney, "the World Cup of gay Rugby," Australia's The Daily Telegraph Reports:

The policy, which will be among the first of its kind in world sport, is separate to existing anti-vilification guidelines, and is likely to see elements such as anti-homophobia programs for young players and high-profile stars in public awareness campaigns. It could ultimately even see rugby participants face penalties if guilty of homophobic behaviour.

The ARU will consult with the Australian Sports Commission, Australian Human Rights Commission, players groups and the gay and lesbian community to formulate a policy in time for the 2014 Bingham Cup.

Rugby star David Pocock, who in 2011 came out as an advocate for marriage equality and pledged not to wed his partner Emma til his gay and lesbian friends had the same right, praised the ARU's decision:

Pocock"I am stoked. It is fantastic that the ARU is making this commitment to come up with a policy," Pocock said.

"The one thing we have learned over the past year or so is we can’t wait for the government to lead the way on tackling homophobia, so every person needs to do it in their family and their own workplace.

"For me, that’s rugby and I am really excited to hopefully see the impact this makes on young boys and girls coming through, and hopefully having more awareness that rugby — and sport — is for everyone, and no-one should be discriminated against on the basis of sexuality."

"Talking to some of the guys who play for the (gay rugby team) Sydney Convicts, some of their stories are awful. One young guy got voted out of his colts team when he came out to them. Those sort of things aren’t acceptable and it’s about time rugby stood up, and said: 'This isn’t right.'"

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Australian Rugby Star Nick Youngquest is the New Face and Body of Paco Rabanne's Invictus: VIDEO

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Australian rugby player Nick Youngquest, previously seen here cuddling with out rugby star Gareth Thomas, leaps into David Beckham spokesmodel territory as the new face and of Paco Rabanne's Invictus fragrance and stars in a gorgeous, steamy new ad shot by French director Alexandre Courtès, backed with a soundtrack by Kanye West.

The print ad (below) was shot by Warren du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones.

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