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Cowan-Dickie gearing up for ‘tough’ U20 6 Nations

03 January 2012

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England Under 20 and Exeter Chiefs prop Luke Cowan-Dickie says that this season’s 6 Nations promises to be a tough one. But the 18-year-old Plymouth Albion loanee, who ranks fellow Cornishman Phil Vickery as his favourite player, is more than ready for the challenge and speaking to RFU.com, he gives us an insight into the 20s camp.

England Under 20 and Exeter Chiefs prop Luke Cowan-Dickie on the run

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The Under 20 6 Nations is getting pretty close and I can’t wait. I know that I’ll have to work very hard in order to be selected, but I think it’s fair to say that all of the lads have got half an eye on the first game against Scotland on February 5 – but we’re not looking any further than that.

I had a little taster of U20 rugby last season when I came on for the final few minutes of England’s 74-3 win against Italy in Bath and it made me want more, so to be in with a chance of playing up in Scotland, and defending the Grand Slam, is great.

We had a tough training camp over in Portugal before Christmas – there was a lot of fitness, but it should stand us in good stead come the 6 Nations where we will have to be on our game for the full 80. The boys started to look really sharp towards the end of the trip and it’s important to carry that on with the games coming thick and fast.

 Exeter Chiefs prop Luke Cowan-Dickie is surrounded by his teammates after collecting the Man of the Match award against Italy Under 19

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There’s a nice mixture of players in this squad with lots of lads from last season’s Under 18 squad and players who played in last season’s U20 side. The experience that the likes of Elliot Daly and Fordy [George Ford] have, and can pass on, will be invaluable – they’re awesome players and I’m looking forward to linking up with them.

I’m also looking forward to playing alongside Jack Nowell in an England shirt again. We grew up together in Cornwall, we're both contracted to Chiefs, and both on loan at Plymouth – It's almost like he's following me. But seriously, he’s one of my best mates, so it’s nice that we’re experiencing all this rugby together. Although as a full back I don’t get to see too much of him on the pitch!

Things are also going pretty well down at Exeter this season as well. I’m enjoying my loan at Plymouth, although as a Cornwall boy it was a bit strange to come up against the Pirates. I’ve also made my Chiefs debut this season against Cavalieri Prato in the Amlin Cup – we won 68-0, so no complaints from me. I’m just hopeful of having a really good season and bettering myself in every way.

Cheers, Luke

You can follow Luke on Twitter @1_Dickie .