26 Mar 2012

Cowan next All Black to head overseas?

5:48 pm on 26 March 2012

The English newspaper The Guardian is reporting that the Gloucester rugby club is deep in negotiations with the All Blacks, Highlanders and Southland halfback Jimmy Cowan, with the 30-year-old set to join the Premiership side mid-year.

The Guardian says Gloucester's Scottish international No.9 Rory Lawson is injured and out of contract and talking to other clubs, so the club's chasing the 30-year-old hard and a move in the English summer is likely - especially given Cowan is struggling to keep his place in the starting XV for the Highlanders and finished the World Cup as the All Blacks' third-choice halfback behind Piri Weepu and Andy Ellis.

Cowan's been starting from the bench for the Highlanders with the 23-year-old New Zealand Maori representative Aaron Smith showing huge improvement for coach Jamie Joseph - who's also the Maori coach.

Gloucester's set to lose the experience of players such as Mike Tindall, Tom Voyce and Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu and the paper says the experience of a 51-cap All Black would be invaluable at Gloucester next season.