UK rugby star Ben Cohen is talking size in a cover story for UK gay glossy Gay Times.

Cohen recently retired from playing rugby to concentrate on campaigning for greater acceptance of LGBT people and end homophobia in the world of professional sports.

Commenting on his Big Ben nickname, Cohen told the magazine: “Rugby's a diverse group of people size wise. I've always been a big lad. I have a big backside obviously, big legs – long legs. I struggle to get jeans that fit.”

The remark prompted the writer to comment in an aside: “Talk of his big backside. He knows how to make a boy blush.”

During a recent visit to the United States, Cohen told MSNBC host Thomas Roberts that he expects a gay athlete to come out at the height of his or her career to effect the most people.

“I think … you're better off coming out on top of your game,” Cohen said. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Cohen's anti-homophobia campaign – the Standup Foundation – in the U.S. will be based out of Atlanta.