Tommy Bowe's chances of making the tour of South Africa looking very slim
Tommy Bowe's chances of featuring for Ireland on the tour of South Africa next month are looking increasingly remote after Ulster confirmed that the winger will miss the remainder of the season with a knee issue.
The 31-year-old underwent exploratory surgery on his right knee and has been ruled out for the rest of the campaign.
He will not feature in Ulster Pro12 semi-final against Ulster at the RDS on May 20 and will not be available should they make the final.
The Monaghan native had just returned from a six-month lay-off after he suffered a serious knee injury in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final defeat to Argentina in October.
Ulster believe he will be fully fit to start pre-season with the rest of his Ulster team mates in the summer but an IRFU spokesperson has said he is 'highly unlikely' to make the trip to South Africa.
The first of three Test against the Springboks takes place on June 11 in Cape Town.