Cowan and MacKintosh commit to Highlanders





Two of the Highlanders’ All Blacks, prop Jamie Mackintosh and halfback Jimmy Cowan, ended speculation about their futures today by confirming they would remain with Southland and the Highlanders.

Mackintosh, 24, conceded there was a chance he would transfer to Wellington and therefore be available for the Hurricanes, but he said today he had decided to stay.

“I was tempted by the chance of playing in a different environment,” he said, “but in the end it came down to where I was from and where I belong.”

“I’m a Southlander and as such, my first Super 14 allegiance is to the Highlanders and that’s where I’ll stay.”

Richard Reid, chief executive of the Otago Rugby Football Union which manages the Highlanders, said he welcomed the decision as the right one for Mackintosh and for the Highlanders.

There had also been speculation about Cowan moving, possibly to Auckland and the Blues, but he confirmed today it was never a serious consideration.

Cowan, 27, has played 67 games for the Highlanders and captained them in 2009. He has played 28 tests for the All Blacks since 2004.

Mackintosh, 24, has played 23 matches for the Highlanders since his debut in 2007.

He made his All Black debut on the northern hemisphere tour last year.









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