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Luke Cowan-Dickie: Ireland's never an easy place to go

05 February 2013

  • Luke Cowan-Dickie gives us his thoughts ahead of Ireland game
  • Fingers crossed we get a positive result – LCD

England Under 20 prop Luke Cowan-Dickie put in an imperious display against Scotland in his side’s opening Six Nations game, even helping himself to a second half try. In his own words he tells us how the squad are preparing for Friday’s showdown with Ireland.

Luke Cowan-Dickie

Photo: Getty Images

It was a great win against Scotland on a difficult pitch in Plymouth, we made it tough for ourselves – but the wind was against us in the first half and that didn’t help, but even so, we could have been a bit more clinical in the key areas.

It was our first game of the season so you have to expect a little bit of rustiness but it’s up to us to up our game for the Ireland match. We like the dry weather so that we can play with the ball in hand, but you have to be versatile and deal with what’s in front of you. A few of the boys play in the RFU Championship so we we’re used to those kind of wet and muddy conditions!

It was great to play down in the South West, there are a few of us from down there in the squad and it’s normally a long train or car journey up to Under 20 camps, so it was nice to bring everyone down to us for a change, and fair play, about 5,000 people came down to cheer us on which really helped us on the pitch.  

From a personal point of view I was really happy to get a try, but the win was obviously more important. I also moved to hooker for the first time in an England shirt – it’s something that the coaches want me to do on and even though I’m still learning the role, I’m really enjoying it.

Ireland are up next and that’s where our focus lies, it’s never an easy place to go and we’ll need to be on form if we want to get the win. We beat them at Adams Park last season so they might have a point to prove, but we’ll stick to our processes and fingers crossed we get a positive result.

Cheers, Luke