Rugby player ending up marrying his crush

Ben Foden has revealed that he met his wife Una Healy in a rather unusual way.

Rugby ace Ben, who wed The Saturdays singer last summer, was put in touch with Una, 31, after seeing her on TV.

I’d been having lunch in a pub with my agent when he asked about my love life, and I was “oh, nonexistent”,’ says Ben, 27.

He asked if there was anyone I was thinking about, then The Saturdays popped up on the music channel and I said “the one in the blue tights”.

Next thing I know I’ve got a text saying, “she’s expecting your call”.’

Ben and Una, who are parents to one-year-old daughter Aoife Belle, must have bonded over a love of music – Ben admits he once auditioned for TV talent show Pop Idol before giving it up for rugby.

I got through to the next round, which fell on the same day as my first training session with Sale Sharks,’ the dad-of-one tells Attitude Magazine.

‘I think they’d say I wasn’t a very good singer. I don’t think I will be following in Una’s footsteps.’

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Anna Francis