Monday 24 October 2016

Ireland star finally makes long awaited return after six month layoff

Published 07/04/2016 | 16:19

It seems an eternity since Tommy Bowe crumpled to the turf during Ireland's World Cup quarter-final defeat to Argentina and in fact, a lot has happened in Irish rugby since the wing went down injured back in October.

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Bowe's knee injury kept him out for almost six months but he was finally deemed fit enough to take the field once again this afternoon.

Lining out for the Ulster Ravens against Munster A is a long way from the marquee tournaments the former Lion usually plays in, but no doubt Bowe will just be thankful to be back playing rugby again.

The wing was given a 40-minute run out at Naas RFC today and it will be interesting to see whether he regains enough match sharpness to feature for Ulster in the Pro12 run-in. It will be tough for Bowe to break back into the side though, with Craig Gilroy, Andrew Trimble and youngster Jacob Stockdale all playing well this season.


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