Last year's The Jump winner Ben Cohen wants to return to the show

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Reigning winner of The Jump Ben Cohen wants to take on the show all over again.

Rugby hunk Ben won The Jump 2016 last year and is more than up for the chance to defend his title.

He said: “I absolutely loved my time on The Jump; I want to go back on it.

“I am so envious of everyone taking part this year."

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, Ben went on to defend the show from its critics.

The Jump has come under fire for racking up a number of celebrity injuries but Ben said: “People shouldn’t moan about the threat of injury. It is an extreme sport."

He explained: “It’s like going to the gym for the first time, you’re going to be sore and ache the next day.

“Well it’s the same on The Jump; you’re going to hurt yourself aren’t you? Or at least feel a certain level of discomfort, whether it is the boots or whatever else.”

The stars who have signed up for the series, already training in Austria, include Made In Chelsea's Spencer Matthews, TOWIE's Lydia Bright, X Factor singer Jake Quickenden, model Caprice Bourret and Olympic gymnast Louis Smith.

More celebs on The Jump this year are rugby player Gareth Thomas and Paralympic medallist Kadeena Cox and retired pro cyclist Bradley Wiggins.

Others on the cast are Footie player Robbie Fowler, Big Brother housemate Josie Gibson, Olympic taekwondo champ Jade Jones, rugby player Jason Robinson and comic and TV host Mark Dolan.

Rounding off the line up are model Vogue Williams and Camilla Parker Bowles’ niece Emma Parker Bowles.

The Jump 2017 starts on February 5 on Channel 4.

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