Wednesday 7 December 2016

Beware the All Black backlash, warns Bowe

Published 17/11/2016 | 02:30

Tommy Bowe wearing a shirt from his ‘XV Kings’ clothing range.
Photo: Gerry Mooney
Tommy Bowe wearing a shirt from his ‘XV Kings’ clothing range. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Rugby star Tommy Bowe says the All Blacks will be "looking for payback" during Saturday's clash with Ireland at Aviva Stadium.

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After Ireland's historic victory over New Zealand in Chicago, the Ulster winger is optimistic of a repeat performance this weekend.

"We know that we can do it, we know what we've got to do to get it, but they're going to be wounded beasts looking for payback this weekend, for sure," Bowe told the Irish Independent.

"I think the monkey may be off the team's back a bit. I played the All Blacks last time and we lost a number of times before that, and you do have this thing lingering that you've never beaten them."

Bowe said he and his wife Lucy Whitehouse will be having a low-key Christmas this year as they mark their first year in their new home in Belfast.

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The rugby star is flying high with his XV Kings clothing range as well as his Lloyd & Pryce shoe collection.

"We've seen that Irish men in the past would have gone out in a T-shirt, but now it's more of a jacket, a shirt and more formal shoes," said Bowe.

Irish Independent

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