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Tommy Bowe heading home to play for Ulster at end of season


Tommy Bowe will play for Ulster for the next three seasons

Tommy Bowe will play for Ulster for the next three seasons

Tommy Bowe will play for Ulster for the next three seasons

IRISH international rugby player Tommy Bowe is heading home to Ulster at the end of the season after the Ospreys star was released early from his contract with the Welsh side.

The Monaghan man, who scored two tries last week in the Six Nations game against France, will play with Ulster for the next three seasons, according to the Irish Rugby Football Union.

He began his professional career with Ravenhill, scoring on his Ulster debut in the clash against Connaught during the 2003-2004 season.

Bowe made 91 appearances for Ulster and scored 34 tries.

He was part of the Ulster team that won the Celtic League.

The 28-year old, who moved to Ospreys at the end of the 2007-2008 season, was on the winning Irish 2009 Six Nations team, and was selected to represent the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa.

Bowe said today he was sorry to be leaving the Ospreys and thanked all involved.

"I'm sad to be leaving a club and a region that I have been proud to call my home for the last three years and that has improved me immeasurably both as a rugby player and as a person,” he said.

"I am indebted to the staff, coaches, management, teammates and fans of the Ospreys, for welcoming me so warmly and making my time here so special.

"That said, I am also delighted to be returning to Ulster, the province I grew up wanting to play for and where my family live.

"David Humphreys was a mentor of mine in my early playing days and we have remained friends during my time at the Ospreys. His vision for Ulster is impressive, with Ulster born players at the core of this vision.

"I hope to repay the IRFU and Ulster's faith in me by contributing to a team that is already delivering. The vibe at Ulster is undeniably positive. I've been training and playing with some of the Ulster boys during the Six Nations and there is a real energy and sense of anticipation as to what lies ahead for this Ulster team," he added.