Bowe feeling 'pressure' for place as he closes on Ulster comeback
Tommy Bowe is confident that he will be fit in time for the beginning of Ulster's Champions Cup campaign next month.
The Ireland winger had returned from a six-month lay-off following the serious knee injury that he picked up in Ireland's World Cup quarter-final defeat to Argentina last year but he suffered a recurrence of it in his comeback game against Zebre in April.
The 32-year subsequently missed the remainder of Ulster's season as well as Ireland's summer tour of South Africa but he is nearing a return to action.
"I feel great," Bowe said. "I have had a couple of months' pre-season and I hope to be back certainly sooner rather than later. I will be back within the next few weeks.
"I am at the stage where I want to play because I have spent so much time not playing. I am hungry to play."
Competition for places in Ulster's back three is as tough as it has ever been and Bowe admitted that he was anxious to stake his claim ahead of a crucial period with both his province and country.
"I know to get into the Ulster back-line at the minute, whatever else is coming down the line, everybody wants to be involved in the big matches, there are derbies, the European Cup. . ." he added.
"The pressure is mounting more and more, I just feel I need to get myself onto the pitch."
Meanwhile, Rob Kearney's knee injury is understood to not be as bad as first feared and he is expected to be out for up to three weeks.