International Pathway

  • England U162009
  • England U182009
  • England U202011
  • Exeter Chiefs2011
  • Plymouth Albion2011
  • England U192012
  • Exeter A2014
  • England Saxons2015
  • England XV2015
  • England2015

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Five Test caps off the bench, dating back to the Rugby World Cup warm-up match against France at Twickenham in August 2015, have rewarded the emergence of Luke Cowan-Dickie.

He had an impressive record at international age-group level and since turned in some eye-catching performances for Exeter Chiefs.

There were two career landmarks in 2014 for Luke, as he was chosen for England’s senior summer tour of New Zealand and helped the Chiefs to win the LV= Cup, the club’s first major title in their history.

A jarred knee forced him to return home from New Zealand.

After switching from prop to hooker, he helped England beat the Barbarians 73-12 at Twickenham in May 2015 in his first major appearance in his new role.

He became a member of England’s 39-strong training squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and made his Test debut against the French at Twickenham soon afterwards.

His second Test cap against Wales in March 2016 came on the same weekend when his elder brother Tom wore the No.2 shirt for England Counties and scored a try in the 32-3 victory over France Fédérale at Blackheath.

Luke went on to play in the memorable final 12 minutes of the 2016 Grand Slam-clinching win over France in Paris and the victory over Australia in Brisbane the following June.

By spring 2018, he had made more than 90 appearances for Exeter and helped the club to their first-ever Premiership title in 2017.

Looking back, an appearance off the bench in the 30-28 win over Australia U18 in December 2009 was the forerunner of a first start at prop for Luke, at the age of 16, in the 33-16 defeat of France at Newbury the following March.

He played 11 times at that level including all three matches in South Africa in the summer of 2010, the Ireland game at Donnybrook in December that year and against Australia Academy U19 and Australia A Schools in August 2011.

Luke had first appeared for England U20 earlier in 2011, coming off the bench for Mako Vunipola after 65 minutes in England's 73-3 win over Italy. The win helped Rob Hunter's side towards a U20 Six Nations Grand Slam win for the first time since 2008.

His starting debut was in the opening match of the 2012 tournament when Scotland were beaten 59-3 at Firhill, Glasgow before he scored one of England’s six tries in the 40-9 defeat of Wales.

He also wore the No.1 jersey against Italy and France and played off the bench against Ireland when the squad clinched the Six Nations title. 

Luke went on to appear in all ten matches at that level in 2011-12 and started every game – three as a prop and two at hooker – in the 2013 U20 Six Nations, winning man of the match awards against Italy and Wales.

Next up was the IRB Junior World Championship in June that year when he scored a try in the opening game against France and took his appearances to 20 in the triumph over Wales in the final at Vannes.

His England Saxons debut was off the bench against Ireland Wolfhounds at Cork in January 2015.    

Truro-born Luke studied Sports Performance & Excellence at Truro College, having previously attended Mount’s Bay School. He developed his game while on loan from the Chiefs at Plymouth Albion.

He began playing when six with Penzance & Newlyn, remained there for eight years and already has captaincy experience with teams at school, at the Pirates and at Truro College, as well as Cornwall U16.

International Record

2015 F(R) 2016 W(R), F(R), A(1R) 2018 F(R)


Last updated: 5 April 2018