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Rugby union: Ben Foden fears 'crib v country' dilemma as Six Nations swings into action

BEN Foden is facing up to a possible ‘crib v country’ conflict next month.

BEN Foden is facing up to a possible ‘crib v country’ conflict next month.

The Chester-born rugby star might have to choose between playing for England or witnessing the birth of his baby daughter.

England, who begin the defence of their Six Nations crown this weekend, will be hoping to end their campaign with a possible Grand Slam decider against Ireland in March.

However, Foden’s fiancée, pop star Una Healy, is due to give birth to their first child only four days later.

So what would happen if Healy suddenly went into labour when England were due to take on the Irish?

“Obviously, it would be terrible timing but there’s only a certain amount of times I’ll play for England and it’d be a hard call,” said Foden, 26. “It depends on how my emotions were, because if head and heart weren’t on the game, there would be no point in playing.”

The Northampton Saints fullback is expected to be named in the England team for this Saturday’s Six Nations opener against Scotland at Murrayfield (5pm kick-off).

Interim boss Stuart Lancaster, who took over from Martin Johnson following last year’s disappointing World Cup campaign, will announce his line-up this morning.

Former Chester RUFC player Foden, who hails from Cholmondeley but now lives in Hertfordshire, was touted as a possible captain but was overlooked in favour of Harlequins flanker Chris Robshaw.

 

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