Cowan to enter the Force’s history books

Western Force prop Pek Cowan will go into his club’s history books this weekend as he will become the seventh player in the club’s history with 50 caps for the side.

Cowan is currently enjoyins some of the best form of his career and has arguably been the best performed loose head prop in Australian rugby over the first five rounds.

Recruited to the Western Force in their inaugural season as a raw prospect, Cowan has worked hard and developed into a respected player at the club and a key member of the tight five.

“For me personally I just need to approach this weekend as just another game. There’s eighty minutes, there’s fifteen guys on the paddock and we want a result,” Cowan said.

“However, to be able to play 50 caps for the club is a real honour. Not many guys have played that many for the Force and I’m really happy to be able to be a part of that group.”

A single game in 2006 started his journey and he quickly got a taste for top level rugby. More opportunities came his way and his improvement was rewarded with a Wallabies call-up in 2009.

With the club’s hooking stocks at critical lows in 2010 Cowan was thrust into the unfamiliar role. And while serviceable, he again started to shine when reinforcements arrived in the number two jersey and he was shifted out to the side of the scrum.

Cowan played himself back in to Wallabies contention last season with some excellent performances in the opening 12 games of the campaign.

Despite being sidelined for the final four matches of Super Rugby through injury he worked himself back to full fitness and was part of the Australian side that defeated the Springboks in a Tri-Nations match in Sydney.

While Cowan missed out on the chance to represent Australia at the World Cup he maintained a tough conditioning programme throughout the tournament which gave him a head start for 2012 and has netted superb results.

“I came over to WA as an eighteen or nineteen year old boy and I’ve developed both in my rugby and off the field. I’ve learnt a lot from the club and I’d like to think I’ve been able to contribute a lot as well,” Cowan said.

“Playing in a green and gold jumper is always at the back of your mind but the ‘Sea of Blue’ is my first priority and anything else after that I’m happy to take.”

Still only 25 years of age Cowan’s best days of packing down in the front row are still to come and after signing a new three year deal to remain in Perth, Western Force members and supporters have a lot to look forward to in the seasons ahead.

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