Luke Cowan-Dickie could be moving to Mennaye Field
CORNISH Pirates head coach Ian Davies revealed after yesterday's game that dual-registered Albion prop Luke Cowan-Dickie could be on his way to Mennaye Field.
Cowan-Dickie's parent club Exeter are considering removing the England Under-20 star from Albion and sending him to the Pirates so that he can be converted to a hooker.
"There's a possibility he could join us because England want him to change to a hooker and Plymouth have Jon Vickers and Tom Cowan-Dickie already there from Exeter on dual-registration," said Davies.
"(Hooker) Jack Yeandle was already with us from Chiefs on dual-registration, but he has been pulled back by Exeter because of the injury to Chris Whitehead.
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"That was a shame for us as well because Jack is a quality player and we are now short of a hooker. With England wanting Luke to change positions, we can offer him some game-time."
Albion coach Nat Saumi admitted he had heard that England wanted to converted Cornishman Cowan-Dickie to a hooker but insisted as far as he was aware nothing had been finalised about removing him from Albion.
"They (Exeter) have not confirmed it with me," said Saumi.
"He is a player who has been doing well for us, but we don't own him, Exeter do. It is their call.
"It would be a loss for us if he had to go but we have other players who can step up. We have got Ben Rogers, Jack Andrew and David Morton and (recently dual-registered Exeter prop) Alex Brown is nearly fit."
Cowan-Dickie, who recently signed a new two-year deal at Exeter, scored the only try in yesterday's West Country derby, but it was not enough for Albion to win the game, with the Pirates triumphing 9-5.
Visiting coach Davies felt it was a just result.
"I think we fully deserved it," said Davies. "We played really well and managed the game particularly well with Gavin Cattle and Kieran Hallett. The forwards were outstanding as well."
Davies felt his team should have had a bigger lead than just 6-0 at the break.
"In the first half we had a lot of territory and possession, but we give three penalties away and knocked on in contact three times as well – and that cost us scores.
"With the pitch as it was and the way Albion play, we knew six points was not a huge margin at half-time."
Davies added: "People will look at the missed kicks at the Mennaye and yesterday and Paul Roberts will get the blame, but that is harsh.
"He is a good player and Albion have to look at other aspects of their game.
"Let's be honest, if it was 80 degrees, they would still be playing a pick-and-go game."