Luke Cowan-Dickie finds new club in ‘perfect move’ for England hooker

Adam Kyriacou
Luke Cowan-Dickie taking contact for Exeter Chiefs.

Luke Cowan-Dickie taking contact for Exeter Chiefs.

Sale Sharks have announced the signing of England international hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie, who joins the club after an impressive stint at Exeter Chiefs.

The nuggety front-row played 165 times for Exeter, scoring 41 tries, after progressing through the club’s academy and is an excellent signing for the Sharks.

Cowan-Dickie, 30, is poised to link up with Alex Sanderson’s outfit immediately after injury ruled him out of the upcoming Rugby World Cup with England.

Change of scenery

“I’ve been at the same club for 13 years and I felt it was time for a change. This is the perfect move for me and I can’t wait to get started,” the hooker said.

“I know Jonny (Hill) and Tom (O’Flaherty) from Exeter and they have raved about this club since they came up here. They have told me how good the environment, the lads and the coaching team are so it was an easy decision.

“It’s been a long journey trying to get fit and not knowing where I’d be playing but I can already see myself being here for a long time.

“This team reached the final last year and speaking to the boys here, they all want to go one better. I want to win and I’m confident we can have a successful year.”

He made his debut for the Chiefs in 2011 and has since risen up the ranks in England, playing 41 times for his country that included the 2019 World Cup.

Cowan-Dickie was selected for the 2021 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa, and played in all three Test matches against the world champions.

Good match for LCD

“Luke is a fantastic player and we feel really fortunate and happy to have secured him for the foreseeable future. Already it feels like a good match for him and for us, with the type of team we want to be on and off the pitch,” said Sale director of rugby Sanderson.

“To be able to bring in an England international and a British and Irish Lion to a squad that’s already as good as this one is really exciting. We’re all looking forward to working with someone who’ll bring new ideas.

“Last year was brilliant but we are always looking to improve. The worst thing would be to say ‘nothing changes’ because we did well last year. We have to keep improving and a big part of that is bringing in top quality players like Luke.”

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