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The 28-year-old will miss England’s remaining two Six Nations matches against Ireland and France; his club director of rugby Rob Baxter says it is a “pretty significant injury” and that the forward could be out for the rest of the season

Last Updated: 03/03/22 11:10am

Luke Cowan-Dickie suffered a knee injury against Wales

Luke Cowan-Dickie has been ruled out of the rest of England’s Six Nations campaign due to a knee injury.

The Exeter Chiefs hooker could actually be out for the rest of the season, as a result of the damage he sustained during the first half of England’s 23-19 victory of Wales at Twickenham Stadium.

“It’s a pretty significant injury,” Rob Baxter, Exeter Chiefs’ director of rugby said. “It’s knee ligament and a bit of cartilage damage.

“There’s further assessment going on but he’s definitely going to be out for a significant period of time, possibly the rest of the season.”

The injury to Cowan-Dickie marks a difficult ending to his Six Nations Championship, one that started with a significant error against Scotland on the opening weekend.

With England leading 17-10, Cowan-Dickie was given a yellow card for an intentional knock-on after batting a Finn Russell kick into touch.

The forward took to social media to apologise after and bounced back well against both Italy and Wales, before suffering his injury.

Six Nations Championship – Fixtures

Round Four
March 11 at 8pm Wales vs France
March 12 at 2.15pm Italy vs Scotland
March 12 at 4.45pm England vs Ireland
Round Five
March 19 at 2.15pm Wales vs Italy
March 19 at 4.45pm Ireland vs Scotland
March 19 at 8pm France vs England

“Obviously it’s a big blow, not just for us, but for Luke himself as he is a very important and very good player,” Baxter continued.

“We have got some hope that he could feature towards the end of the [club] season, that is if we extend our season from getting into that top four, but right now it’s too early to say if that’s fully the case.

“As I said, the biggest blow is for Luke himself as he’s just cemented himself as a starter for England. He’s going well, he’s part of their leadership group and he’s a key player both for us and England.

“That said, he’s a very good rehabber and if there is a chance for him to get back 100 per cent, he is the guy who can do it. So, don’t write him off just yet.”

Baxter also confirmed that Cowan-Dickie – who was part of the British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa last summer – is likely to undergo his operation early next week.

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