Ulster star Tommy Bowe believes his days on the Test stage are far from over as he aims for a return to the Ireland side and a place on the Lions tour to New Zealand in the summer.
"I'm chomping at the bit," said the winger who recently returned from a year-long battle with knee trouble. "I hate not playing; even with Ulster I wasn't involved in the European Cup games, the two earlier on in the season. I don't enjoy that.
"I think I have done okay, but I'm still not at that level where I need to be, to be really challenging hard for an international spot or a provincial spot. I'm working on it. I feel good and as each week goes by I'm working on it, and I feel I'm not too far away.
"I would love it (Lions tour). I was involved in the last two and without a doubt they are right up there as the pinnacle of my career.
"I do believe in myself, that I can push for that, but I need to get into the Ulster team first.
"If I can get back, have a good run of games and we can go well over this next period, I reckon I'm in with a shot of Ireland."