| 10.5°C Dublin

Tommy Bowe gets chance to prove his fitness for the Six Nations against the Dragons


Ireland and Lions winger Tommy Bowe

Ireland and Lions winger Tommy Bowe

Ireland and Lions winger Tommy Bowe

Ulster wing Tommy Bowe has been named in Mark Anscombe's starting XV for tomorrow night's Rabodirect Pro12 clash with the Dragons at Ravenhill.

Bowe has been sidelined by a leg injury since November but is fit enough to make his return tomorrow giving him an outside chance of forcing himself into contention for Ireland's remaining Six Nations clashes with Italy and France.

Joe Schmidt confirmed this week that he has not ruled out the possibility of a return for Bowe but the Monaghan man will have to show that he is "100pc2 fit.

The Lions star is joined in the back three by Rory Scholes and full-back Jared Payne.

Luke Marshall and Darren Cave maintain their partnership in midfield. Paddy Jackson has been released by Ireland and starts at outhalf, with Ruan Pienaar moving back to his more familiar position at scrumhalf.

Iain Henderson has also been released from international duty and joins Johann Muller in the second row.

In the front row, Callum Black starts at loosehead, with Tom Court named on the bench. Rob Herring continues at hooker with Ricky Lutton keeping his place at tighthead.

There are no changes to the back row which features Robbie Diack, Sean Doyle and Roger Wilson.

Meanwhile, Ulster's Niall Annett will join Worcester next season for an unspecified spell.

 "I am delighted that one of the best young forwards in Ireland has decided to join us, alongside two of the brightest talents in the Championship," said the Warriors director of rugby Dean Ryan.

"Niall has developed well at one of the strongest teams in the PRO 12, while Dan and Ben have been key performers for a club battling to win the Championship title."

Ulster team to face the Dragons(15-9): J Payne, T Bowe, D Cave, L Marshall, R Scholes, P Jackson, R Pienaar; (1-8): C Black, R Herring, R Lutton, J Muller (Captain), I Henderson, R Diack, S Doyle, R Wilson.

Replacements (16-23): N Annett, T Court, A Macklin, L Stevenson, M McComish, P Marshall, S McCloskey, D McIlwaine.

Online Editors