EXCLUSIVE: Premiership runners-up Sale are near finalising a deal to signal England hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie after his Montpellier transfer fell by way of following a boozy evening out in France
- A transfer for Cowan-Dickie can be a serious enhance to the crushed finalists
- Sale lost 35-25 to champions Sacacens at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon
- The 29-year-old is enduring a restoration from neck surgical procedure however will return quickly
Sale hope to strengthen their squad for one more title problem subsequent season because the North West membership are understood to be near finalising a deal to signal England hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie.
The addition of one other Lion to their pack can be a major enhance for the beaten Premiership finalists, after a malfunctioning lineout contributed to their defeat in opposition to Saracens. If the deal goes by way of, it might additionally signify a major enhance for nationwide coach Steve Borthwick, as it might guarantee Cowan-Dickie stays eligible for Take a look at choice after this 12 months’s World Cup.
Sources have informed Mail Sport that the 29-year-old – who’s enduring a gradual, irritating restoration from neck surgical procedure – has already handed one medical at Sale and if passes a second, he’ll observe Jonny Hill and Tom O’Flaherty in transferring from Exeter to the Sharks. He’s additionally reportedly a goal for Stade Francais, however Sale are assured that he’ll decide to affix them.
Cowan-Dickie was presupposed to turn out to be a Montpellier participant this summer time, together with one other embellished stalwart of the Chiefs’ golden period, Sam Simmonds. Nonetheless, amid on-going issues about his neck hassle, the Cornishman ended up in a ‘drunk tank’ on his go to to the French metropolis for a medical and the reigning Prime 14 champions subsequently withdrew their contract provide.
At a time when most golf equipment have already accomplished their recruitment – and the market is saturated after the collapse of Worcester and Wasps – Cowan-Dickie was in a worrying state of limbo. However Sale had been left with a hooker emptiness because of Ewan Ashman’s choice to maneuver north of the border to affix Edinburgh, so the veteran of 41 Purple Rose caps is about so as to add his clout to a strong Sharks pack.
Sale are closing on a deal to signal England hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie forward of subsequent season
The aspect missed out on the Premiership ultimate after shedding to Saracens on Saturday
Sale director of rugby Alex Sanderson has urged Sale’s 12 months is ‘the beginning of an period’
First, although, he’ll search to finish his return to full health in time to participate in England’s pre-World Cup coaching camp – though his prospects of doing so are unclear.
If Cowan-Dickie is ready to attain peak situation within the coming months, he will certainly vie with Jamie George to be the nation’s beginning No 2 on the international showpiece. If he’s unable to get well in time, Saracens rookie Theo Dan has emerged as a rising star who might power his method into rivalry.
In the meantime, Sale will re-group after their 35-25 defeat within the ultimate, assured within the perception that they will turn out to be a home power underneath Alex Sanderson, who mentioned: ‘We have simply had just a few conversations about feeling that we’ll be right here once more. We’ll construct on this season and simply get higher.
‘We’re a younger aspect for probably the most half and we have discovered our ft in massive video games. It is a crushing feeling proper now however there’s additionally pleasure – and pleasure about what we will construct on.’ Jono Ross, Sale’s retiring captain, added: ‘We have grown, we have improved and I feel it is the beginning of an period. I do not see why this group cannot be preventing for titles year-in, year-out.’