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Injured Tommy Bowe vows to recapture top form

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster and Ireland star Tommy Bowe insists he will be back to his best once he recovers from the knee injury currently keeping him on the sidelines.

Having won back his starting spot with Joe Schmidt's side, the 31-year-old damaged ligaments in his right knee during the World Cup quarter-final defeat to Argentina but says the form he displayed throughout the tournament is reason for optimism.

"Having been dropped, to get to the level I was at just before the injury is a massive confidence booster for me that I can get back there again," he said.

"I can still maintain my position; I can still push hard when I'm under pressure.

"That's something that I've done for years and I'm looking forward to doing it again.

"The Ulster wingers are going well and with the Six Nations coming up, there are a lot of guys pushing for the two positions, but whenever I get back fit and fully going again, I can really push hard, push those people and get myself back in the team."

Bowe expects to be back in time for the conclusion of Ulster's season, as well as Ireland's tour of South Africa, but as of yet he has no exact date in mind.

"It's very much play it by ear at the minute unfortunately," Bowe added.

"I'd love to know exactly when I'll be back running and playing, but I think with the type of surgery that it was, we just have to see how it reacts."

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