Cowan-Dickie ready for SA U20 challenge

(IRB.COM) Saturday 8 June 2013
 Cowan-Dickie ready for SA U20 challenge
Luke Cowan-Dickie scored England's first try at JWC 2013 - Photo: Christine Glemet

England Under 20′s Luke Cowan-Dickie says that England are ready for the physical challenge that awaits them when they play South Africa on Sunday in their second match of the IRB Junior World Championship. 

A win would make England favorites to reach the semi finals, while a defeat could see them miss out for a second year running, at the expense of the side that knocked them out 12 months ago.

In 2012, South Africa needed a bonus point win against England to reach the semi finals and the then hosts did so with a scintillating second-half display in their final pool match.

But Cowan-Dickie who scored England's opening try in their 2013 campaign and is one of eight players to have played last year, insists it won’t be a case of revenge following their defeat to the same side last year.

"We’re not really looking at it as revenge,” said Cowan-DIckie. “Their squad has changed massively since then, I think only one of their players was involved last year.

“We just need to make sure that we go into the game fresh and firing and ready to do a job. We’re expecting a typical South African side; they’ll be big, they’ll run hard at us and they’ve also got some very fast players from what we saw against USA.

“We won’t be looking at any individuals that they might have; more what they can do as a side and what we can do as a side to beat them. It will just come down to who wants it more on the day.”

In the opening round England defeated hosts France 30-6, while defending champions South Africa proved too strong in an impressive 97-0 victory over USA.

According to Cowan-Dickie the scoreline flattered his side, but the front row knows his side must improve if they are to record a victory against the Baby Boks.

"We were quite lucky to get that 30 points," Cowan-Dickie added. "It was a difficult game, a lot more difficult than the Six Nations game in March.

"If we can perform a bit better than we did against France we'll be in with a shot. We can't take South Africa lightly."


Seventeen matches will be streamed live on the IRB website during the Junior World Championship ... click here for more information on which matches and where you can also watch the tournament on television around the world.