Tommy Bowe: It was hard watching Ireland win from the sofa
Ireland and Ulster winger Tommy Bowe conceded it was difficult watching Ireland claim a Six Nations title while sidelined with an injury.
A groin injury has curtailed the Lions star’s involvement this season with both club and country and while his Irish team-mates celebrated a Six Nations triumph in Paris, the Monaghan man was watching events unfold at a friend’s barbeque back home.
“It’s tough watching Ireland win from the sofa,” he admitted.
“It was an amazing performance, real edge of the seat stuff.”
Bowe suggested that the emotion surrounding Brian O’Driscoll’s final hurrah in a green jersey gave the team a “boost” and was taken aback for the level of support for the Irish legend.
“The support that he got around the world was amazing and I think the team fed into that,” he added.
Bowe, who returned to action for the disappointing Heineken Cup defeat at the hands of Saracens, paid tribute to the growing contribution of Ulster's out-half Paddy Jackson.
The winger is impressed with the charismatic 22 year-old, both on and off the pitch, with a soaring popularity on YouTube thanks to his impressive musical qualities.
“Paddy is unbelievable,” he said.
“He is an extremely talented player, but even more talented off the pitch.
“Rapping, singing, acting, who knows what he’ll do next.”