Sunday 19 November 2017

Bowe a bundle of energy as he nears return

TOMMY BOWE was in great spirits around the Lions' team hotel in Canberra yesterday.

The Ulsterman will be fit in time for the second Test after breaking the index finger in his right hand playing in the game against Queensland Reds. His hand is still in a splint but he has returned to running and could, at a push, be available for this weekend's game against Australia.

It is more likely he will be held in reserve for the second Test in Melbourne and there was an extra bounce in his step around the hotel yesterday as a consequence. "Tommy is confounding us," said Lions team doctor James Robson. "He has good grip strength back. The problem we might have with Tommy is reining him in a bit!"

Dr Robson also insisted that Brian O'Driscoll was in good shape after "doing the splits" against Combined Country. "Brian is very well," said Dr Robson.

"As we get older you have to conserve your energies for the things that matter. There is no doubt about Brian for Saturday unless he falls over this afternoon!"

Irish Independent

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