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Bowe blow for Lions


Tommy Bowe could be ruled out for the rest of the Lions tour

Tommy Bowe could be ruled out for the rest of the Lions tour


Tommy Bowe could be ruled out for the rest of the Lions tour

Ireland star Tommy Bowe looks set to be ruled out of the British and Irish Lions tour after suffering a suspected broken bone in his hand during their victory over the Queensland Reds.

The Lions have already lost props Cian Healy (ankle ligaments) and Gethin Jenkins (calf muscle strain). They will both fly home on Sunday, while their replacements Alex Corbisiero and Ryan Grant have already arrived in Australia.

Bowe, though, has become the latest casualty, and confirmation of his tour exit is likely within the next 24 hours.

"It doesn't look too good with Tommy at the moment," said Lions head coach Warren Gatland.

"It looks like he has broken a bone in his hand and probably needs an operation."

Asked if that meant the end of Bowe's tour, Gatland added: "I would say so.

"We will probably talk about that (a replacement) tonight, and we've got an early press conference tomorrow to name the team for Tuesday's game. We probably will bring out someone.

"Tommy, the experience he brings, and being able to play right-wing, left-wing, centre and full-back - he is a big loss for us."

Bowe overcame an injury in time to be selected for the tour, and his form on tour made him pretty much a certainty for the first Test team against Australia at Suncorp Stadium on June 22, but those hopes now appear to have been dashed.

Centre Manu Tuilagi, meanwhile, went off with a shoulder injury, but Gatland said: "Manu got a little bit of a stinger in his shoulder, just a bit of a dead arm. He lost a bit of feeling in his arm."

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