Neil Cowie

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Neil Cowie
Personal information
Full name Neil Fraser Cowie
Born (1967-01-16) 16 January 1967 (age 48)
Todmorden district, England
Playing information
Position Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1986–91 Rochdale Hornets 133
1991–01 Wigan Warriors 330 34 0 1 137
Total 463 34 0 1 137
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1995–99 Wales 7 1 0 0 4
1993–98 Great Britain 3 0 0 0 0
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk

Neil Cowie (born (1967-01-16) 16 January 1967 (age 48)) born in Todmorden district, is an English born Welsh former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s, playing at representative level for Great Britain, and Wales, and at club level for Rochdale Hornets, and Wigan Warriors, as a Prop, i.e. number 8 or 10.[1]

Playing career[edit]

During the 1991–92 Rugby Football League season, Cowie played for defending champions Wigan from the interchange bench in their 1991 World Club Challenge victory against the visiting Penrith Panthers. He was later selected to go on the 1992 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Neil Cowie played as an Interchange/Substitute (replacing Fullback Steve Hampson) in Wigan's 5-4 victory over St. Helens in the 1992 Lancashire Cup final during the 1992–93 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Sunday 18 October 1992.[2]

Neil Cowie played Left-Prop, i.e. number 8, in Wigan's 15-8 victory over Bradford Northern in the 1992–93 Regal Trophy final during the 1992–93 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 23 January 1993,[3] played Left-Second-row, i.e. number 11, (replaced by Interchange/Substitute Sam Panapa on 30-minutes) in the 2-33 defeat by Castleford in the 1993–94 Regal Trophy final during the 1993–94 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 22 January 1994, played Right-Prop, i.e. number 10, (replaced by Interchange/Substitute Barrie McDermott at half-time) in the 40-10 victory over Warrington in the 1994–95 Regal Trophy final during the 1994–95 season at Alfred McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield on Saturday 28 January 1995,[4] and played Left-Prop, i.e. number 8, in the 25-16 victory over St. Helens in the 1995–96 Regal Trophy final during the 1994–95 season at Alfred McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield on Saturday 13 January 1996.[5]

After the 1993–94 Rugby Football League season Cowie travelled with defending champions Wigan to Brisbane, playing at prop forward in their 1994 World Club Challenge victory over Australian premiers, the Brisbane Broncos.

Cowie won caps for Wales while at Wigan in 1995 against England, and France, and in the 1995 Rugby League World Cup against Western Samoa, in 1996 against England, in 1998 against England, and in 1999 against Ireland, and Scotland, and won caps for Great Britain while at Wigan in 1993 against France, and in 1998 against New Zealand (2 matches).[6]

Cowie played for Wigan Warriors from the interchange bench in their 1998 Super League Grand Final victory over Leeds Rhinos.

In June 2000, Cowie converted a drop goal, the only one-pointer he scored in his career, in a 30–18 win against Bradford Bulls.[7] He played for Wigan at prop forward in their 2000 Super League Grand Final loss against St Helens RLFC.

Cowie played for Wigan from the interchange bench in their 2001 Super League Grand Final loss to the Bradford Bulls. This turned out to be his final appearance for the club, as he announced his retirement shortly after the game.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  2. ^ "1992–1993 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "23rd January 1993: Bradford 8 Wigan 15 (Regal Trophy Final)". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "28th January 1995: Warrington 10 Wigan 40 (Regal Trophy Final)". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "13th January 1996: St Helens 16 Wigan 25 (Regal Trophy Final)". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Hadfield, Dave (1 July 2000). "Rugby League: Cowie Stops Raging Bulls ; Bradford Bulls 18 Wigan Warriors 30". The Independent (London). p. 25. (subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ "Cowie calls it a day". BBC Sport. 15 October 2001. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  • England/Wales birth index

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