Con­fi­dent Cowan-Dickie tar­get­ing Eng­land place

The Rugby Paper - - News - ■ By NEALE HAR­VEY

DY­NAMIC Ex­eter hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie has de­clared him­self fit to un­der­line his worth for Eng­land on this sum­mer’s tour of Ar­gentina.

Ed­die Jones names his Red Rose squad this Thurs­day and highly-rated Cowan-Dickie should get the green light to prove his cre­den­tials, although Wasps’ Tommy Tay­lor, Ge­orge McGuigan (Le­ices­ter) and Mikey Hay­wood (Northampton) are push­ing hard.

Cowan-Dickie, right, who has bat­tled back from an­kle lig­a­ment dam­age suf­fered in Oc­to­ber, told TRP: “Hope­fully, I’ll get a chance in Ar­gentina and that will be re­ally good for me be­cause it’s been a bit of a dis­rupted sea­son with my in­jury.

“The Lions squad is go­ing to be an­nounced on Wed­nes­day and with Dy­lan Hart­ley and Jamie Ge­orge po­ten­tially be­ing called up, that will open up Eng­land spots for the likes of me to go on tour and prove my­self by play­ing well in that en­vi­ron­ment.

“There are a lot of good guys around in my po­si­tion but I feel that I’ve been per­form­ing very well.

“My train­ing load is be­ing man­aged so I could be sharper, but my set-piece has come on a lot and I’m much more com­fort­able in the scrum and li­ne­out.

“I’ve been around the wider Eng­land squad and the coaches gave me things to work on. They’ve been watch­ing how I’ve been train­ing and play­ing. I’ve been work­ing as hard as I can to pro­vide what they want. Hope­fully, that’s enough.” While CowanDickie sweats on an Eng­land place, Ex­eter’s im­pres­sive league form since Oc­to­ber has se­cured them a play-off spot for a sec­ond suc­ces­sive sea­son. Doubts over their de­fen­sive re­silience re­main, how­ever, with the Chiefs hav­ing con­ceded 47 tries in 19 games prior to this week­end. But Cowan-Dickie is con­fi­dent that his side have what it takes to go one bet­ter af­ter last sea­son’s fi­nal de­feat to Saracens. He said: “We’re in the po­si­tion we’re in for a rea­son and although we’ve con­ceded a few tries, we’ve still come out with loads of bonus-point wins. “Get­ting a top-four spot is mas­sive for the boys and we want to re­ally drive that home now.”

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