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Gloucester Rugby: Cowan will not be rushed into action - Davies

By The Citizen  |  Posted: September 27, 2012

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'BONUS' scrum-half Jimmy Cowan will be given time to earn his cherry and white hoops before being thrown into Gloucester action.

All Black World Cup winner Cowan lands in England tomorrow and will link up for Gloucester training next week.

The 30-year-old is obviously unavailable for Sunday's trip to London Welsh, and Gloucester boss Davies said there is no rush to pitch him into action for the Kingsholm club.

Rugby director Davies believes Dan Robson, Dave Lewis – and trialist Brad Field – have been performing impressively so far this term.

The form of Robson and Lewis has left Gloucester in no panic for their high-profile signing's arrival, Davies asserted, but the former Llanelli Scarlets boss admitted Cowan's presence will certainly boost the squad.

Davies also revealed Cowan's arrival will not necessarily spell the end of Kingsholm life for Field.

The 26-year-old has been on trial at the club since a summer move to Leeds broke down.

Impressed Davies said Field has forced himself into longer-term reckoning – and revealed Gloucester could seek to strike a deal that sees Field dual-registered with the Cherry and Whites and his former club Hartpury RFC.

Davies explained: "Jimmy's in the country tomorrow, so he'll be with us next week.

"There's been no panic at all, my only concern was if we were to pick up an injury at nine.

"And that's why we involved Brad.

"Brad's been a fantastic find for us really.

"So we haven't panicked, we haven't relied on his arrival and him coming into the squad is just going to be a bonus.

"This is a tight group, they work hard for each other, and so coming from the outside Jimmy will be welcomed.

"But he has to prove his stripes like everyone else, and I'm sure he'll do that.

"He'll fit in pretty quickly, the type of player and type of person he is.

"But it's not as if we've been desperate for his arrival because look at the form of Dan and Dave.

"That said, though, it will be great to have him here and it will add impetus to the squad."

Keen to reward Field's grit and industry with a more permanent arrangement than simply an ongoing trial, Davies said Gloucester are currently exploring all the options.

Praising the feisty half-back's A League showings for Gloucester United, Davies said Field has pushed more established duo Robson and Lewis on the first team selection front too.

Davies continued: "There could be something for Brad, but we'll need to look at that.

"Your nines are a bit like your hookers, both are very specialist positions.

"Sometimes four can seem like too much, but pick up an injury and you'll be very pleased you've got that number.

"So we'll definitely keep looking at the possibilities there.

"We'd like to be able to support him to stay, in our set-up and also play for Hartpury.

"And in fairness to him he's actually been pushing and his name has come up in selection as well.

"But the other two nines have played equally as well.

"But I'm sure if we can hold on to Brad then his opportunity will come.

"If we can link in with the local sides to create a pathway to the Gloucester set-up and side then that's a great position to be in."

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  • Conrad_Selby  |  September 27 2012, 11:00AM

    I see the spotter is trying to make out that somehow he is the mover and shaker behind Field getting his trials with Gloucester Rugby.

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  • sam_silent  |  September 27 2012, 8:45AM

    I'm looking forward to seeing Cowan in the red & white of Gloucester Rugby.

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  • SidGlawsder  |  September 27 2012, 6:39AM

    Four scrum halves and yet just three specialist locks?! It's a good job Savage looks comfortable in the second row as well as in the back row.

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