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Tommy Bowe announces he is set to retire in the summer

Ulster and Ireland stalwart Tommy Bowe has announced he is set to retire at the end of the current season.

In a post to Twitter, Bowe made the announcement in the form of a poem.

He wrote:

"I’ve spent most of my career in Belfast,

At first George said I wasn’t very fast,

I eventually found my gears,

Had some incredible years,

But it’s time to tell you - this is my last!"

The 33-year-old made his debut for Ulster in 2003, playing for club until 2008 when he moved to Welsh side Ospreys, remaining there until his 2012 return to Ulster.

A shoulder injury sustained earlier this month during Ulster's Pro14 defeat to Leinster has meant an eight-week layoff for Bowe, damaging his hopes of inclusion in Ireland's Six Nations squad.

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