Rugby Union
Cowan aiming to cement his place

By Geoff Berkeley 17/02 Updated: 21/02 10:25

Buy photos » Blair Cowan dealing well with the snowy conditions at Sixways against Ospreys. Picture by Ian Smith.

WORCESTER Warriors' latest arrival Blair Cowan is relishing the opportunity of facing league leaders Harlequins on Saturday as he aims to further cement his place at number eight.

The 25-year-old has been thrown straight into first team action after signing from RFU Championship outfit Cornish Pirates last month, while head coach Richard Hill waits for the return of back row forwards Adam Balding, Neil Best and Kai Horstmann from injury.

Cowan will be making his fourth successive start when Warriors visit Harlequins and the New Zealander is determined to make the most of his opportunity.

"It is rare that players get a chance to come straight into a Premiership club, especially from a lower league and get a starting jersey, so I am pretty pleased with that," he said.

"Matches against the likes of Quins are the games you look forward to as a rugby player and put up as targets to be involved in and play against."

"When you have got the likes of Nick Evans at ten and you see him back home coming up through my age group, thinking he is one of the best players in the world, and then be given the chance to play against him it's great."

With Balding and Horstmann on the recovery and both likely to feature in Worcester Cavaliers' next fixture against Bath United on Monday, the chase for the number eight spot is beginning to hot up.

But Cowan is in confident mood and believes there is still more to come from him.

"I rate Adam Balding and Kai Horstmann both very highly, so it is going to be a big push for the number eight jersey. It can be healthy to have that sort of competition though and that is how I am going to approach it," he said.

"I think I have done okay since I started, I think I have proven in glimpses in games of what I am capable of, but I personally feel there is still a lot more to can come from me."

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