Cowan-Dickie ruled out with knee injury
Tom Hamilton in Auckland
June 9, 2014
Luke Cowan-Dickie is heading back to Exeter © Getty Images
Luke Cowan-Dickie will leave England's tour of New Zealand and return home due to a knee injury he picked up in training.
Cowan-Dickie was one of four hookers originally brought on the tour with Dylan Hartley joining last week after the culmination of the Aviva Premiership season. After an impressive season for Exeter, there was a school of thought that Cowan-Dickie could be in line for his international debut had Rob Webber failed to regain fitness in time for last Saturday's Test but as it transpired, Webber started and Joe Gray was named on the bench.
Cowan-Dickie would have hoped to have got some game time in England's match against the Crusaders a week on Tuesday but the injury setback he picked up in training has put paid to that.
"It's unfortunate for Luke," Stuart Lancaster said. "He has been great over the last three weeks and I am sure he will have benefitted from being involved in this environment.
"Unfortunately he has not been able to take a full part in training and it's the right thing for him to go back to Exeter and have further assessment. We have four other hookers so we are well covered in that position and we will not be bringing anyone else out."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Tom Hamilton is the Associate Editor of ESPNscrum.
Communication error please reload the page.
Andy Murray made a solid start in his quest for a third Miami Open title as he dispatched Donald Young to reach the third round in Florida
Kevin De Bruyne would consider a move back to Chelsea despite barely featuring in his time at Stamford Bridge, sources told ESPN
Daley Blind believes moving to Manchester United and competing in the Premier League has helped him to grow as a player
Ronnie O'Sullivan has withdrawn from the China Open for undisclosed "health reasons", World Snooker has announced
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has been named as this season's Six Nations player of the championship
Who has driven in the most GPs before taking pole position?
Mudslinging and an agreement on something that will never happen, it's all in a day's work for a Formula One boss, as Maurice Hamilton explains...
Fallout continues from the NSW-Brumbies derby, with one Tahs forward - not Potgieter - surprised by other unsavoury comments during the game, Greg Growden reports
Greg Growden previews Super Rugby round 7. We've also got key stats, team news and all the line-ups to inform your ESPN Footytips Super Rugby picks
Will Mercedes dominate again? Can anybody catch up with the help of a rainstorm? And will the Red Bull/Renault relationship tear itself apart? All those questions and more will be answered at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix
Tiger Woods is confident of recovering from a poor run of form to qualify for the US Ryder Cup team in 2016, according to captain Davis Love III
Jonas Gutierrez has told Canal+ he will never forgive Newcastle for the way the club treated him during his battle with cancer, but wants to stay at St James' Park beyond this summer
Lionel Messi earned more than €1 million (£740,000) a week last year to make him the world's highest-paid player and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was the best-paid coach, according to a new survey
Andy Murray has expressed fears that his game will regress without full-time coaching in a candid exchange with a fellow Twitter user as he prepares to add former world No.4 Jonas Bjorkman to his coaching team
Luis Suarez has laughed off the idea that the Barcelona players have set out to help Lionel Messi beat Cristiano Ronaldo to La Liga's top scorer award
Unbeaten heavyweight Dillian Whyte, 28, (14-0, 11 KOs) tells ESPN where his rivalry with Anthony Joshua stems from and outlines the plan for his career this year after returning from a doping ban in November
Some of the best fighters to ever glove up have plied their trade in the Octagon - now ESPN list the 10 best who have fought under the UFC banner
Who was the first Briton to win the British Grand Prix?
Where does Anthony Davidson's record of 24 Grands Prix without a point rank him?
How many F1 drivers have had one win, but done it at their home Grand Prix?