Ben Cooper

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As Peters and Lee once sang, it really is a case of 'Welcome home' as Bedford Blues have once again secured the services of tight head prop Ben Cooper from London Welsh.

After it was confirmed that Dave Spelman is likely to miss the remainder of the season following a serious knee injury, the Blues moved quickly to fill the void left in the front three and have been able to re-sign Cooper who left Goldington Road in 2014.

The 28 year old was an ever present in the London Welsh front row in 2015/16 making 30 appearances in all matches, which also saw him claiming his debut try for the club in front of the Sky Sports cameras as he dived over against Bristol at Old Deer Park.

Cooper is a formidable srummager who shows an excellent turn of pace when needed. He learnt his trade under former Blue, Mike Guess, at Cambridge RFC, for whom he made his debut in 2008 before making the move to Goldington Road in January 2012. During his first stint at the club, Coops made more than 50 appearances and helped the Blues reach the 2012/13 Championship final.

At the end of the following season, Cooper was offered the chance of Premiership rugby with London Welsh and a move to Oxford followed where he made ten top flight appearances in the 2014/15 campaign.