Bath Rugby welcomed back Thompson Cowan into the Senior Academy in September 2021.
The young back row re-joined the club after an impressive pre-season which ended in game time in the first team’s friendly against Cardiff Rugby.
Hailing from Chippenham, Cowan was part of the Bath Rugby Developing Player Programme as a 13-year-old and came all the way through the pathway into the Under-18s.
At the end of his Under-18s season in 2019/20, the decision was made for Cowan to head to Loughborough University where he would combine his Chemical Engineering degree with rugby in National 2 and the BUCS league.
This coincided with the Covid-19 lockdown and Academy Manager Craig Lilley remained in contact with the England and Wales-qualified flanker to see how his training and his course were going.
An opportunity arose this summer to bring Cowan into Farleigh House to assess the progress he has made and he trained with the senior squad day in, day out, showing long-term potential.
He signed a dual-registration with Loughborough University which has allowed him to continue his studies but also be available to Bath Rugby throughout the season.
Cowan debuted in the Premiership against Leicester Tigers and has since earned international recognition with Wales Under-20s.
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