STATEMENT: Luke Cowan-Dickie transfer has been CANCELLED - Ruck

STATEMENT: Luke Cowan-Dickie transfer has been CANCELLED

Montpellier has cancelled the contract of Luke Cowan-Dickie, adding another twist to his transfer saga and leaving him without a club for the upcoming season.

The England hookers move to Montpellier had been uncertain after he missed a medical exam due to a drunken night out

He had already been out of action since January with an ankle injury that kept him from playing for Exeter Chiefs and participating in England’s Six Nations campaign.

His rescheduled medical examination for the neck issue at Montpellier was “inconclusive” and forced the club to cancel his two-year contract with an option of a third year.

Cowan-Dickie cannot sign with a French team until his injury is no longer rated G3, but this does not mean he has to retire from the sport.

After suffering a comparable injury that led to his departure from Top 14, Christopher Tolofua underwent corrective surgery before returning to France and joining Toulon.

Meanwhile, Virimi Vakatawa was rated G3 for a “cardiological anomaly” and was subsequently forced to retire.

“Pool of death” – England and Wales handed nightmare groups in revised Rugby World Cup draw

The latest World Rugby Rankings reaffirm home how ridiculous the Pool Draw for the Rugby World Cup 2023 is.

Decided THREE years before the tournament, the pools for the tournament that starts in September seems extremely unbalanced.

World Rugby has already confirmed they will hold the pool draws for future Rugby World Cups at a later date, closer to the kick-off of upcoming tournaments.

This comes after criticism that the draws were taking place far too early, with world rankings at the time of the draw playing a crucial role in the teams’ seedings.

World Rugby will shake the pool draw up ahead of 2027, according to a report by the Mirror.

“World Rugby said it is able to make the change because of a new ‘hosting model’ that sees the international federation create collaborations with the host union,” the report read.

“The top of the men’s Test game has never been more competitive,” the spokesperson added. “There has never been so much movement over a two-year period.

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“Bearing that in mind and noting the format of four pools of five teams, there is arguably no perfect time for a draw.”

As a result, the guys over at Eggchasers Rugby put together their own drawer the 2023 tournament based on the current World Rugby rankings.

Concentrating on only the top 10 countries in the world, it looks significant.

It was very different with England and Wales handed a much sterner test in their pool. Watch the full video here.

POOL A actual draw:

  • France
  • New Zealand

POOL A up to date draw

  • France
  • Australia

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