British and Irish Lions 2021 call-ups replicate Exeter Chiefs success, says Luke Cowan-Dickie
Luke Cowan-Dickie says his British and Irish Lions choice reveals how effectively Exeter have executed previously season.
The 27-year-old hooker helped his facet win a first-ever Premiership and European double final season and featured in all 5 of England’s Six Nations video games this 12 months.
He’s certainly one of 4 Exeter gamers to make the Lions squad for the summer time tour to South Africa.
“It simply reveals that we have executed so effectively as a membership,” Cowan-Dickie mentioned.
“Particular person boys are getting recognition. Sam Simmonds, for instance, hasn’t had a lot worldwide time however he is put his foot ahead and now he is within the Lions.
“It has been a fairly loopy couple of years and hopefully we will high it off and have a very good tour.”
Cornwall-born Cowan-Dickie and Simmonds – who has not performed for England since 2018 – are joined within the Lions squad for the tour by Exeter team-mates Stuart Hogg and Jonny Hill.
With no membership coaching session on Thursday when the Lions squad was introduced, Cowan-Dickie came upon by watching the announcement on his cell phone whereas taking part in a spherical of golf.
“I feel just a few of the golfers weren’t too completely satisfied as a result of we have been cheering on the ninth inexperienced, so it was fairly humorous,” he mentioned of the second he came upon about his choice.
“I used to be watching it and hoping for the most effective, and when it bought to the C’s I assumed ‘I’ve bought to be subsequent, if I am not then there is no approach I am within the workforce’ and fortuitously sufficient I used to be referred to as out.
“It is all the time been a dream. Enjoying rugby, your goals are clearly taking part in for England, taking part in for the Lions,” he added to BBC Radio Devon.
“Lions is as soon as each 4 years, it is a large achievement and never many individuals get to do it.
“I do not suppose it is fairly sunk in but to be sincere. My household at residence are actually proud and I’ve had a whole bunch of messages.
“The following few days it is actually going to hit residence, however I am buzzing.”