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I'm not finished yet, says Bowe as he targets Irish and Lions return

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."

Belfast Telegraph