Luke Cowan-Dickie an injury concern for England

Date published: October 16 2021 - News Desk

England will be sweating over the fitness of Luke Cowan-Dickie after the hooker limped out of Exeter’s 27-23 win over Wasps on Saturday.

Cowan-Dickie rolled his left ankle in the Coventry clash, with England head coach Eddie Jones announcing his squad for the end-of-year Tests on Monday.

The front-row, who started England’s last two Six Nations matches this year and two of the Lions’ Tests in South Africa, was treated on the pitch for three minutes before leaving it unaided having landed on his left knee after a tackle and catching his ankle awkwardly.

Set for moon boot

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter said the 28-year old would have his ankle protected by a moon boot before being assessed on Monday, adding that it was too early to say whether he would be fit for England’s opener against Tonga at Twickenham next month.

“It was not good to see Luke coming off because he is as tough as they come,” said Exeter’s assistant coach Ali Hepher. “We do not know anything at the moment and we will see how it settles down after the weekend.”

Exeter moved to third in the table with their third successive victory of the season, but they made hard work of it after talking a nine-point lead inside 25 minutes and looking comfortable.

“One of the things we have spoken about is not taking a breath and drawing back after we have put ourselves in a good position,” said Hepher. “It was something we lapsed into last season, not least the play-off against Sale and the final against Harlequins.

“We were disappointed with the way we played in the final 10 minutes of the first half and we talked about it during the break. The response was good: we showed a lot of fight and found a way to win. We are getting there after a slow start to the season but we have to back it up at the weekend against London Irish.”

Man of the match Sam Simmonds, who took his tally of tries to 10 in his last 10 Premiership matches, felt Exeter made it hard for themselves after taking the lead.

“We sat back, thinking it was easy, but we should have known this is a hard place to come after our last two visits here,” the number eight said. “They can attack from everywhere but we were happy with the second half, although we should have had a few more tries.”

Wasps head coach Lee Blackett suffered more injury woe when hooker Dan Frost, making his first start for the club, was led from the field after being treated for more than five minutes for a knock to the head.

“We have had a few new arrivals having suffered a number of niggles, but I could not fault the effort of the side,” said Blackett.

“They kept battling and while we conceded four tries, the defensive effort was such that it did not feel like that.”