Cowan to lead Highlanders in 2009



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All Black halfback Jimmy Cowan will captain the Highlanders in the Super 14 this year, coach Glenn Moore said today. Cowan, who turns 27 in March, with 56 games is the most experienced Highlander in the squad.

He made his Super 14 debut in 2003.

‘This honour means a great deal to me,’ Cowan said. ‘I am committed to this franchise and absolutely stoked to be given the opportunity to lead the team.’

Moore said fellow All Black, prop Jamie Mackintosh, and midfield back Jason Shoemark would be vice-captains.

‘I believe Jimmy will make a very good captain,’ Moore said.

‘He’s our most experienced player and always gives 100 per cent on the field.


‘He had some off-field issues last year but I was pleased with the courageous way he handled the challenges he faced and I have seen real progress with him. I have every faith that he will lead the team well.

‘Jamie and Jason are both very astute players and will provide excellent assistance to Jimmy. We are keen to grow leadership within the team and already we are seeing players keen to take on extra responsibility.’

Cowan joined the Highlanders squad in Dunedin yesterday but will not play in the first warmup match, against the Chiefs in Rotorua on Friday night.

Cowan becomes the first Southlander appointed to captain the Highlanders.



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