Cowan: ‘Northern rugby is robotic’

Date published: February 8 2015

Blues scrum-half Jimmy Cowan is relishing his second chance at Super Rugby while giving his thoughts on Northern Hemisphere rugby.

A successful stint with Tasman landed the Rugby World Cup winner a contract in Auckland, with the 32-year-old as competitive as ever.

“One thing that hasn’t gone is my competitive streak and I’m still out to win at all costs,” Cowan told the New Zealand Herald.

“As long as I’ve still got that, I’m willing to play. I’ve probably got two or three years left in my rugby career. It’s about going out and having some fun and playing some good, hard rugby at the same time.”

Reflecting on his time in Europe, Cowan admitted he had adjusted back into the New Zealand mindset after two years of “robotic” structure.

“I came back from Gloucester after a two-year stint and I didn’t have a real focus about what I was going to do,” added Gloucester.

“If you said to me two years ago I would be back for Tasman and playing for the Blues, I probably would have laughed at you.

“I’m getting used to the speed of the game again. In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s very robotic and structured, whereas here, you get taught to find the space. It took me a bit to get used to – two or three weeks of ITM Cup to play the way I knew I was capable of – but once I got the hang of it, I was fine.

“That’s the way rugby is going. I’m delighted to be invited to play for the Blues. It’s a special franchise and I’m looking forward to doing my bit now.”