While his showbiz status has grabbed plenty of column inches in recent years, it is testament to Ben Foden’s focus that when he steps onto a rugby pitch he remains one of Europe’s most potent counter-attacking full backs.
For the second season injury hampered Ben through the season but the big game player came back to scintillating form, scoring a try in the Aviva Premiership final for a second year on the bounce as the Saints finally got their hands on the silverware.
Eight days earlier his score in Cardiff helped the Saints come from behind to beat Bath for the Amlin Challenge Cup and that was also a second try in a major European final after he crossed in the 2011 Heineken Cup showpiece in the same city.
Although he came to the Gardens with aspirations to be the Saints' scrum-half in 2008, once he moved to full back - winning back-to-back man of the match performances in the process - Ben cemented himself as one of the team's prime attacking weapons.
This year saw ‘Fodes’ lift his second Premiership trophy after helping the Sharks on their road to success back in 2006.
It was during his time at the Gardens though that Ben would fulfil his international potential with a 2009 debut against Argentina and the Lancashire-flyer hasn’t been far from the England 15 shirt since.
Choice full back at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Ben is now considered a senior member of Stuart Lancaster’s England squad and showed he is more than up for wrestling his starting shirt back from the excellent Mike Brown.