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Ulster duo Andrew Trimble and Tommy Bowe facing Ireland World Cup selection sweat

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster's Andrew Trimble and Tommy Bowe face a nervous wait this weekend to find out if they will be part of Ireland's squad at next month's Rugby World Cup.

Both have been left out of the side to face Wales tomorrow leaving them with only tonight's Ulster friendly against Edinburgh to impress before the squad is finalised on Sunday.

With competition for back-three spots in the squad so intense, the duo would have hoped to state their case at the Aviva Stadium but will now have to sweat it out and hope others do not force their way into the final 31-man panel.

Trimble has played less than 40 minutes of rugby since October due to a persistent foot injury although he did make an impact on his return earlier this month and has been a favourite of coach Joe Schmidt when fit. Bowe is one of Ireland's most experienced campaigners but has been handed only an hour of game-time during three warm-up Tests.

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