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Bowe: I have put retirement on hold to play on for Ulster


Ulster's Tommy Bowe
Ulster's Tommy Bowe
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Tommy Bowe says he has banished thoughts of retirement after finally getting an injury free run in the Ulster side, .

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The 33-year-old, who is in the final year of his contract, has endured a torrid run of injuries over the past number of years, including torn knee ligaments, but has already hit double digits for appearances this campaign.

"If you had asked me last year, I maybe would have been thinking 'ah jeez, I don't know if I can'," he admitted on the prospect of playing on beyond this summer.

"But the way my body feels now, I feel great. I'd love to keep going.

"I've had my share of injuries the last few years, and that always makes you question, but the way things are at the minute if I can keep pushing hard, keep competing with the young fellas, I don't want to give up just yet, no."

Bowe will be in the 13 jersey tonight against Dragons in Rodney Parade (7.35pm kick-off), with Ulster looking for a far more convincing performance than those of late.

After tonight's contest, Ulster are straight into European action, with Harlequins to come back to back before the festive interpros. Ahead of such a pivotal run, Bowe has warned against sloppy errors.

"We're going to have to be much more clinical," he said.

"We can win the two matches in Europe, we can go into the interpros and win those but it's a case of cutting out those small mistakes that are killing us."

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