Jimmy Cowan looking for return to Super Rugby
Jimmy Cowan is returning to New Zealand this month and has indicated to English media he could line up in the National Provincial Championship with the hope of cracking Super Rugby again.
The former All Black has been playing for Gloucester for the past two years but is now without a job and plans to head home.
Cowan said he faces an uncertain three months as he battles to secure his rugby future.
"I've got nothing on the immediate horizon," hesaid.
"It's quite scary, to be fair. It's all of a sudden hit me that my career's coming towards an end.
"I'm 32, I've had a pretty good run; I've played 14 years at the top.
"I still think I've got two good years left in me, but I won't make any concrete plans; we'll just see what the next three months hold."
The former All Blacks halfback will play for the Barbarians and World XV teams in Britain during the next fortnight before weighing up his playing future.
"I'll probably head home in late June, and I'm looking at playing some domestic stuff back home, the ITM Cup.
"So I'll play this game this weekend and the one the following week in Cape Town, come back to England, pack up and then head off. I'll play some provincial stuff in New Zealand and see where that takes me."
Cowan played 51 tests for the All Blacks and 100 games for both Southland and the Highlanders.
Rugby Southland general manager Brian Hopley said yesterday they were aware his contract at Gloucester had expired but had not had any indication from Cowan or is management about the prospect of him returning home to play in New Zealand's provincial competition.
The Stags already have two young halfbacks in Scott Eade and Tayler Adams on their books and it would throw up some problems for the Rugby Southland decision-makers if Cowan wanted to again line up for the Stags.
"We've got two young guys signed up, but it would be the coaches' call, Hopley said.
"We'd obviously have to have a look at it but it probably depends on if he does come home or if he gets something else over there.
"He's a Southland boy and by all reports has been playing reasonable football but it would really be up to the coach."
Cowan become a father for the first time three months ago. He and his partner had a daughter, who they named Lotte.
The 32-year-old's manager Tom Downey could not be contacted yesterday.
- The Southland Times