IRELAND winger Tommy Bowe has revealed how a severe injury left his kidney looking like an "hourglass".
The Monaghan native spent nine days in hospital and four months out of the game after enduring surgery on a haematoma on his kidney.
After a routine blood pressure test revealed Bowe was suffering from hypertension, he was put on a watching brief, but on arriving at the Ireland camp for this year's Six Nations, doctors sent him for further examinations.
"A lot of the tests came back normal until they did a scan on my kidneys and I had a large haematoma, or large bruise, near my kidney, and it was bending my kidney which looked like an hourglass," Bowe said.
"The blood was struggling to get through."
Once the Six Nations finished, he was operated on.
"It looked like it had calcified and could have been there for five years or so - they just don't know," he said.
Meanwhile, the winger believes his current club side, Ospreys, could beat high-flying Leinster this weekend.
"The Ospreys have a very good record at the RDS. I don't think they will be as nervous as some teams coming over to Dublin," he added.