Brilliant Tommy Bowe isn't expecting Schmidt's call
Ulster's Tommy Bowe was buzzing after marking his return to action following three months on the touch-lines with two first-half tries in the 38-8 rout of Newport Gwent Dragons.
He is back, he is hungry and he wants more. That was the message his pre-interval brace boomed out and it will have reverberated all the way to Dublin.
But even in the wake of his sensational return, Bowe was not setting himself any unrealistic or overly ambitious targets.
Ireland's call? He does not expect to receive one for the 2014 Six Nations.
"I don't think so," was his reply when asked if Joe Schmidt was likely to be phoning him.
"For me personally, just to get 40 minutes – I always knew I'd have to have game-time if I ever wanted to get myself back into the Ireland set-up.
"I'm pretty much resigned to the fact that I'm probably going to miss this one, unfortunately.
"It was great for me just to get back onto the pitch. I was really hungry for it, I really enjoyed the 40 minutes. The plan all along was just to give me a half and I enjoyed it – it was great to be back out there again.
"I've been out a long time now and I'd tried to come back and hurt it. It's just been a long old drawn out process unfortunately but the medics were confident, I was confident that I felt good.
"I've done everything in training and I knew it was just a case of getting myself back out onto the pitch. I felt great."
Recalling his tries, he smiled: "The first one definitely was something straight off the paddock. You put those days training in, it's great when something like that comes off. Hopefully now we haven't ruined that for the rest of the season!"
As for his mistake in the seventh minute when he dropped Darren Cave's pass, Bowe laughed that off, saying: "I'm not expecting to get it off him too often – he likes to show and go at the minute."
Coach Mark Anscombe was upbeat having seen his team chalk up their third win in three outings in this block of four matches, last night having been their best performance of the trio by far.
"It's no secret that we hadn't performed in the last two; we had wins, but they weren't ideal. But particularly that first 40 was real pleasing, some nice tries and we played some good football."