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Jimmy Cowan

Cowan made his All Black debut in 2004 and has become amongst the first-choice halfbacks since 2008.

In 2011 he was again called into the All Blacks squad, on the back of another impressive season for the Highlanders.

He was called into the Highlanders in 2003 as an injury replacement but his fulltime Super Rugby call-up was just a matter of time. He was regarded as one of the most promising halfbacks in New Zealand, as evidenced by his selection in the national Under 19 team in 2001 and the New Zealand Colts in 2002 and 2003.

He was called into the All Blacks for the 2004 end-of-year tour to Europe and debuted as a reserve against Italy on the first Test of the tour.

Hailing from Invercargill, Cowan is a big strong halfback with an eye for the gap around rucks and mauls. A scrappy, physical player, a clever kicker and strong runner on the burst, Cowan isn’t one to back down from any opponent.

Position:
Halfback
Born:
06/03/1982
Physical:
1.82m, 92kg
Test Debut:
13/11/04 v Italy at Rome
Test Points Breakdown:
7t
Test Points:
35
Provincial Team:
Southland
Provincial Debut:
2000 v Otago
Provincial Caps:
93
Provincial Points:
93 (18t, 1dg)
Super Rugby Team:
Highlanders
Super Rugby Debut:
2003 v Cats
Super Rugby Caps:
94

Career Comments

  • • Is the third All Blacks halfback with connections to the small central Southland town of Mataura – before him were Lindsay Townsend (1955) and Justin Marshall (1995 - 2005).
    • Brought up 50 games for Southland in 2004, at the age of just 22.
    • A younger brother, Scott, played for New Zealand Schools and New Zealand Under 19 as well as Southland.

Test Match record

(+) subsitute (-) replaced

2004
Nov 13 v Italy at Rome 59-10 (+)

2005
Nov 5 v Wales at Cardiff 41-3 (+)
Nov 12 v Ireland at Dublin 45-7 (+)
Nov 26 v Scotland at Edinburgh 29-10 (+)

2006
Jun 10 v Ireland at Hamilton 34-23 (+)
Jul 22 v South Africa at Wellington 35-17 (+)
Jul 29 v Australia at Brisbane 13-9 (+)
Aug 26 v South Africa at Pretoria 45-26 (+)
Sep 2 v South Africa at Rustenberg 20-21 (-)

2008
14 June v England at Auckland 37-20 (+)
21 June v England at Christchurch 44-12 (+)
5 July v South Africa at Wellington 19-8 (+)
26 July v Australia at Sydney 19-34 (+)
2 Aug v Australia at Auckland 39-10 (-)
17 Aug v South Africa at Capetown 19-0 (-)
3 Sept v Samoa at New Plymouth 101-14 (-)
13 Sept v Australia at Brisbane 28-24 (-)
1 Nov v Australia at Hong Kong 19-14 (-)
16 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 22-3 (-)
23 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 29-9 (-)
30 Nov v England at London 32-6 (-)

2009
13 June v France at Dunedin 22-27 (-)
20 June v France at Wellington 14-10 (-)
18 July v Australia at Auckland 22-16 (-)
2 Aug v South Africa at Durban 19-31 (-)
22 Aug v Australia at Sydney 19-18
12 Sept v South Africa at Hamilton 29-32
19 Sept v Australia at Wellington 33-6 (-)
31 Oct v Australia at Tokyo 32-19
8 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 19-12 (+)
15 Nov v Italy at Milan 20-6 (+)
22 Nov v England at London 19-6 (-)
29 Nov v France at Marseilles 39-12 (-)
6 Dec v Barbarians at London 18-25 (+)

2010
12 June v Ireland at New Plymouth 66-28 (-)
19 June v Wales at Dunedin 42-9 (-)
26 Jun v Wales at Hamilton 29-10 (-)
10 July v South Africa at Auckland 32-12 (-)
17 July v South Africa at Wellington 31-17 (+)
31 July v Australia at Melbourne 49-28 (-)
22 Aug v South Africa at Johannesburg 29-22 (-)
11 Sept v Australia at Sydney 23-22 (+)
30 Oct v Australia at Hong Kong 24-26 (-)
14 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 49-3 (-)
28 Nov vs Wales at Cardiff 37-25 (-) 

2011
22 July v Fiji at Dunedin 60-14 (-)
30 July v South Africa at Wellington 40-7 (-)
21 Aug v South Africa at Port Elizabeth 5-18 (-)
9 Sept v Tonga (RWC) at Auckland 41-10 (-)
16 Sept v Japan (RWC) at Hamilton 83-7 (+)
2 Oct v Canada (RWC) at Wellington 79-15 (-)
10 Oct v Argentina (RWC) at Auckland 33-10 (+)