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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Tommy Bowe on ...

Moving home to Ulster

"It is a great time to go back. I would have loved to have been back for the Heineken Cup final, but they are making huge strides. You talk to the guys and they are all in good form. It seems to be a good place to be at the moment."

Ospreys' chances against Leinster in Sunday's Pro12 final

"The Ospreys have a very good record at the RDS. I don't think they will be as nervous as some teams coming over to the Dublin. They will have watched Leinster at the weekend and know what a top- class side they are, but it's a final."

Ireland's hopes of beating New Zealand

"Irish rugby is flying at the minute in the provinces. They are going to be really match-hardened going over and really up for the first Test and you would suspect New Zealand maybe will be thinking there isn't much of a test coming. I think the first Test would be a great way of catching them."

The difficulty of touring New Zealand

"During the World Cup it was a nice place to be and New Zealand is an out-doorsy place. During the winter, you go on Facebook and Twitter and everybody at home is sitting out in the sunshine, sipping cocktails and you're in a hotel with the rain pounding against the window, so it is tough -- and then you have to play the All Blacks!"

Wales' international success v Ireland's provincial success

"It is the million dollar question. When I came back for the Six Nations Munster, Leinster and Ulster had performed really well in the Heineken Cup pools. But yet again, it didn't really get going for us. We don't have a good record against Wales over the last couple of years. A lot of their players have stepped up to the plate under Warren Gatland (above) and they play a pattern that we struggle with."

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