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Cowan stays with Highlanders until 2010

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Jimmy Cowan has extended his contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) for a further three years, and has also re-signed with Southland to continue his playing role with the Stags and the Highlanders.

The 25-year-old scrum-half has re-signed with the NZRU until the end of 2010.

NZRU Deputy Chief Executive Steve Tew said Cowan’s decision to continue his rugby career in New Zealand was significant.

“At a time when players are made substantial offers by overseas clubs, we are delighted that Jimmy has accepted our offer which shows his commitment to continuing to play in New Zealand,” Tew said.

“Since first appearing on the first-class rugby scene seven years ago, Jimmy has given outstanding service to New Zealand rugby and his decision to stay will benefit his province, franchise and country,” he added.

Cowan made his provincial debut for Southland in 2000 and went on to represent New Zealand at Under-19 and Under-21 level. In 2004, he made his All Blacks debut against Italy in Rome and has since played 10 games for the All Blacks, including nine Tests.

He was part of the Junior All Blacks that won the International Rugby Board (IRB) Pacific Nations Cup competition at the weekend.

 

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