Thursday 24 May 2018

Tommy Bowe reveals the one big regret from his rugby career as he prepares for retirement

Tommy Bowe
Tommy Bowe

Michéal Ó Scannail

Tommy Bowe has one major regret in rugby but looks forward to reminiscing following his retirement from professional rugby at the end of the season.

The Monaghan native is set to hang up his boots, 14 years after he burst on the Ulster scene with a try-scoring debut against Connacht in 2004.

Bowe has played a central role in some of the finest moments of recent Irish rugby history, in particular his role in Ireland's 2009 Grand Slam triumph.

The 34-year-old has had a glittered career on both an international and provincial level, however speaking on Independent.ie’s rugby podcast The Left Wing in association with Laya Healthcare, Bowe noted one regret in particular that will haunt him in retirement.

While he has amassed an impressive 66 appearances and 145 points in European rugby, the furthest Bowe ever reached in the competition was a quarter final.

“When I was at the Ospreys, especially in those early years, we had a team that was capable of going a lot further in the European Cup,” he said.

“I think we kind of underachieved a little bit, I’ve never been past the quarter final.”

“I would have loved to have had European success.”

Bowe sits in fourth position on the all time European try scoring list, with 29 tries. The second highest Irish man on the list behind Brian O’Driscoll. Given the injuries that he incurred over the years and the fact that he never made a European Cup semi-final, he could have been a alot closer to Chris Aston at the top of the list on 39.

Luke Fitzgerald, who has three European Cup winners medals, was quick to remind his ex-Irish teammate of the prestige of his career and offered him some advice in retirement.

“I look back at Tommy’s CV there and I’m very very envious,” he said

“You’ll sit down now when you finish up, and look back, and you can't complain. The friends are what I really remember. The medals, I never look at any of that crap again.”

Bowe conceded: “It's the memories, of course it is

“Those moment that you’ll never get to experience again. Those are the small moments that you take in and that I think I’ll remember for a long, long time.”

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