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Aviva Premiership: Luke Cowan-Dickie signs new Exeter Chiefs deal

Last Updated: 11/05/14 6:29pm

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Luke Cowan-Dickie: Big future ahead for Chiefs forward

Luke Cowan-Dickie: Big future ahead for Chiefs forward

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Exeter Chiefs forward Luke Cowan-Dickie has signed a two-year contract extension with the Aviva Premiership club.

Cowan-Dickie, who is now tied to the Chiefs until the summer of 2017, is the latest of their young talents to commit their future.

The Cornishman has made 10 Premiership appearances this season - at prop and hooker - to build on his success with England at the Under-20 World Championship last summer, and coach Rob Baxter is delighted he has signed a new deal.

"I'm very pleased Luke has signed on with us," said Baxter. "It's very much like when Sam Hill signed a little while back, it's great that these young guys want to commit their futures to us.

"Having them on board and signed up means they can now settle down for the next three or four years and enjoy what they are doing here because they still have things to develop on.

"Luke is breaking into the Premiership side now and he is making some starts, but he will be the first person to admit that he has a lot of hard work to do. For me, that's a fantastic attitude to have because we want to work hard with him and he wants to get the hard work done.

"Looking at him, I can see him over the next few years really thriving in the environment we have here at the club and playing more and more rugby.

"He's a young man who I believe has the potential to play for England. He is a natural rugby player who loves running around the pitch and smashing into things. He's also a smart kid who brings a lot of good attributes and a lot of energy both in games and training.

"Physically he's still developing and maturing as well, but what you see is he has fantastic potential. We saw it with the Under-20s and we've seen in it every game he has played at this level for us. I only see a bright future for him, providing he gets his head down and works hard."

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