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Tommy Bowe: My marriage proposal to Lucy was so awkward

By Patricia Murphy

Published 14/12/2015

Tommy Bowe and his wife Lucy
Tommy Bowe and his wife Lucy

Ulster Rugby ace Tommy Bowe has admitted that proposing to his wife Lucy Whitehouse was one of the most "awkward moments" of his life.

The Ireland winger revealed that getting down on one knee to ask Lucy to marry him was a "horrendous" experience he does not wish to repeat.

"Probably the most awkward moment of my life," Tommy said, speaking on The Ray D'Arcy Show on RTE.

"Thankfully I don't have to do that again.

"It was horrendous. I didn't enjoy it at all. I mean, talking to her dad and all was easy, but God no. I thought the proposal was horrendous."

The rugby star revealed that he proposed to Lucy on a beach in her native Wales, but did not anticipate the crowds that would ruffle his plans.

"There was a beach over in west Wales that the two of us had been to a few times… Lucy is from Wales. It wasn't very romantic really. I kind of caught her on the hop a little bit," said Tommy.

"Unfortunately it was very sunny, so the beach was bloody packed, so trying to drag her somewhere quiet when she wanted to just lie down on the beach was hard.

"We found a quiet spot and thankfully she said yes and we got married in the summer."

The rugby star also revealed that this year's World Cup holds some of the most precious memories of his career.

The star was injured during Ireland's defeat against Argentina, but he said that the atmosphere throughout the tournament was unlike anything he had ever experienced.

"Parts of that World Cup were some of the best moments of my career. Things I've enjoyed the most," he said.

"Playing against Romania in Wembley in front of 90,000 Irish people … the atmosphere, you just wouldn't believe it.

"And then against France in Millennium Stadium was probably one of our best performances that I've been involved in.

"But unfortunately that Argentina game… I was there for the first 10 minutes before I was stretchered off with my knee."

The rugby player admitted it is "a waiting game" to identify whether or not the surgery on his knee will work.

"I had surgery on it about six weeks ago to repair some ligaments in there," he said.

"It's been a pain in the neck. I'm in bed the whole time, but it's going okay.

"I'm not quite flavour of the month at home at the moment, but at least I don't have my crutches.

"Hopefully the brace will be off in January and we'll have a better idea."

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