Ben Cohen is the latest celeb to join injury-hit The Jump 2016 line-up

Strictly Come Dancing 2013 - Ben Cohen

Former rugby player and Strictly Come Dancing star Ben Cohen has become the latest addition to The Jump 2016 line-up after injuries forced FIVE celebrities to quit.

The 37-year-old has already flown out to the show's base in Austria and been cleared to take part by experts, according to Digital Spy.

A Channel 4 spokesperson added to the MailOnline that Ben will make his first appearance on Sunday's episode, which will see the contestants go head-to-head in the parallel slalom.

Ben previously competed in BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing in 2013, with viewers voting him out in week 8 - while his dance partner-turned-girlfriend Kristina Rihanoff recently became a housemate on Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother.

Ben's arrival on The Jump comes as it battles to recover after losing over a third of its original line-up to injuries - despite switching to a weekly format, giving celebs more time to train between events.

Rebecca Adlington had to pull out over her dislocated shoulder, as did Tina Hobley after she broke her arm. They were replaced by The Wanted singer Tom Parker and former The Jump contender Heather Mills.

Beth Tweddle also withdrew following one of the show's most signficant injuries to date, with surgeons having to use a piece of her hip bone to fuse two fractured vertebrae together in her neck.

And just yesterday it was announced that two more celebs had quit, with Mark-Francis Vandelli out after fracturing his elbow in Sunday's live snow cross - while Linford Christie was unable to recover from his pulled hamstring.

Reports suggest that the trio will be replaced by  I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! presenter Joe Swash and model Zara Holland - while bosses are also bringing back James 'Arg' Argent, who was eliminated on Sunday, for a second chance.

The Jump 2016 continues on Sunday at 7.30pm on Channel 4.

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