Cowan poised to quit Worcester Warriors

Worcester News: BLAIR COWAN: Poised to leave Sixways. BLAIR COWAN: Poised to leave Sixways.

IN-form number eight Blair Cowan will be leaving Warriors at the end of the season and is believed to have signed for London Irish.

The former Cornish Pirates man, 26, went into the current campaign in the final year of his Worcester contract, but a broken hand in the pre-season friendly at Cardiff Blues hampered his chances to press his claims for a new deal.

By the time he had recovered, Cowan had slipped behind giant Tongan number eight Semisi Taulava in the Sixways pecking order and, apart from a 21-minute cameo at Wasps in early October, did not feature at all in the Aviva Premiership until the game at Gloucester at the end of last month.

The Kiwi back-rower was man-of-the-match at Kingsholm and then put in another impressive 80-minute shift, including a try, in last Friday’s 29-23 win over Wasps, but he has still been deemed surplus to requirements by Worcester head coach Richard Hill.

It is believed a perceived lack of bulk is one of the reasons behind Cowan being allowed to leave Sixways as Hill is looking to beef up his back row options for next season, with Taulava and Argentinean import Leonardo Senatore certainly fitting the bill.

One man Warriors are understood to be talking to as a direct replacement for Cowan is London Welsh back-rower Ed Jackson, whose form for the Exiles this season has alerted several other Premiership clubs.

Hill is also thought to be scouring the Championship for further reinforcements at the back of the pack with the likes of Moseley’s former Leicester Tigers man Ben Pienaar and Ryan Burrows at Leeds on his radar after impressive campaigns in the second tier.

Meanwhile, Hill revealed recruiting a new loosehead prop to replace the Wasps-bound Matt Mullan is currently his ‘number one priority’.

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The Sixways chief said: “We are dealing with the loosehead position at the moment and there are a lot of potential contenders out there when you start looking. We have had one or two into the club this week for fitness tests and to have a look at them.

“With the likes of Euan Murray, Agustin Creevy and John Andress on board already, we potentially have a very powerful front row for next season and we just need to finish it off with the right player.

“We will need to replace Matt and to do that we will have to find someone of a high quality, so that is our number one priority at the moment.”

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8:36am Wed 6 Mar 13

Cludgehill says...

"Hill is thought to be scouring the championship gor further reinforcements" ! This worries me, I thought we had ditched that policy.
"Hill is thought to be scouring the championship gor further reinforcements" ! This worries me, I thought we had ditched that policy. Cludgehill
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8:53am Wed 6 Mar 13

Respectable says...

The soap opera continues.
Remember Barry Fry's tenure at Birmingham City..
When you want a dog start off by buying two cats and budgie.
Buy, sell, buy sell buy sell.

Forget salary caps. This is a management team that is operating on a limited budget. Come on Mr Little. Give the engine driver a fighting chance.
The soap opera continues. Remember Barry Fry's tenure at Birmingham City.. When you want a dog start off by buying two cats and budgie. Buy, sell, buy sell buy sell. Forget salary caps. This is a management team that is operating on a limited budget. Come on Mr Little. Give the engine driver a fighting chance. Respectable
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10:43am Wed 6 Mar 13

dulon says...

I suppose that Mr Hill has already lined up the replacement given that he is being allowed to leave ....so no loss there there then . I wonder whether this soap opera will continue with the revolving door machinations until the first game next season . Or , is this all part of the strategy of 'rebuilding the team' ? somehow I think that we have been there and seen that before ! Chelski have a rival and I wonder when the owners will do an Abramhovich and dump the manager !
I suppose that Mr Hill has already lined up the replacement given that he is being allowed to leave ....so no loss there there then . I wonder whether this soap opera will continue with the revolving door machinations until the first game next season . Or , is this all part of the strategy of 'rebuilding the team' ? somehow I think that we have been there and seen that before ! Chelski have a rival and I wonder when the owners will do an Abramhovich and dump the manager ! dulon
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3:29pm Wed 6 Mar 13

zx12r says...

And another one says 'bye bye'.

Word from my pals in Cornwall, is Hill is after Phil Burgess, I shall be in Penzance to watch the Pirates this weekend & if I get the chance I will ask him & keep you all updated when I get back on Tuesday.

PS. And that includes you 'Brummie', although I think you may already know.
And another one says 'bye bye'. Word from my pals in Cornwall, is Hill is after Phil Burgess, I shall be in Penzance to watch the Pirates this weekend & if I get the chance I will ask him & keep you all updated when I get back on Tuesday. PS. And that includes you 'Brummie', although I think you may already know. zx12r
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8:42pm Wed 6 Mar 13

Brummagem Bertie says...

Cludgehill, why ditch a policy that has brought some gems to the club, like Semisi and Sam Betty?

zx, if we are after Phil Burgess (a very good player, according to reports I have seen) why do you think I would know already?
Cludgehill, why ditch a policy that has brought some gems to the club, like Semisi and Sam Betty? zx, if we are after Phil Burgess (a very good player, according to reports I have seen) why do you think I would know already? Brummagem Bertie
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1:52pm Thu 7 Mar 13

Officer Nordburg says...

Plenty of excellent players in the Championship who can certainly make the jump up. Betty and Semisi have proved that with us and the likes of Hooper for Quins. Having seen Burgess play twice this season in person I will be delighted if he signs. A similar player in style to Kvesic and offers another option at 7 with Jake Abbott also there.
Plenty of excellent players in the Championship who can certainly make the jump up. Betty and Semisi have proved that with us and the likes of Hooper for Quins. Having seen Burgess play twice this season in person I will be delighted if he signs. A similar player in style to Kvesic and offers another option at 7 with Jake Abbott also there. Officer Nordburg
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3:49pm Thu 7 Mar 13

zx12r says...

Steady on Officer. I only said this is the word on the street down there.
I have seen Phil play for Pirates many times & yes he's ready for the step up but, & a big but, if we are sniffing then you can bet others will be too.
So if he does decide to leave, it may be to one of the bigger boys.
Would love to have him at Worcester but we shall see.
Hopefully know more after the game on Sunday.
Steady on Officer. I only said this is the word on the street down there. I have seen Phil play for Pirates many times & yes he's ready for the step up but, & a big but, if we are sniffing then you can bet others will be too. So if he does decide to leave, it may be to one of the bigger boys. Would love to have him at Worcester but we shall see. Hopefully know more after the game on Sunday. zx12r
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