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Tommy Bowe explains why new TV career means former Ulster star doesn’t ‘miss rugby’ as he looks back on unlikely Ireland heroics

Former Ulster and Ireland winger admits going into television was the perfect way to continue his career

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Tommy Bowe. Credit: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Tommy Bowe. Credit: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

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Grand day: Tommy Bowe celebrates Ireland’s Grand Slam at the Millennium Stadium in 2009. Credit: David Davies/PA

Grand day: Tommy Bowe celebrates Ireland’s Grand Slam at the Millennium Stadium in 2009. Credit: David Davies/PA

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A young Tommy Bowe at Queen's

A young Tommy Bowe at Queen's

Tommy Bowe celebrating an early try for Ulster. Credit: Bill Smyth

Tommy Bowe celebrating an early try for Ulster. Credit: Bill Smyth

Tommy Bowe in action for the Lions on the 2013 tour to South Africa. Credit: Cameron Spencer

Tommy Bowe in action for the Lions on the 2013 tour to South Africa. Credit: Cameron Spencer

Tommy Bowe touches down against USA back in 2004. Credit: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Tommy Bowe touches down against USA back in 2004. Credit: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

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Tommy Bowe. Credit: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

The alarm chirps for the first time at 4.15am, signalling that it’s time for Tommy Bowe to begin his day. He’s mid-way through a fourth season removed from the day-to-day grind of professional rugby but the 37-year-old’s sleep schedule is more militant than when he was a nailed-on starter living in Ireland’s Carton House bubble.

Bowe has more TV facetime now than he did when running in tries at the Aviva Stadium, with his co-hosting gig on Virgin Media’s Ireland AM requiring a level of bed-time dedication reminiscent of the detailed approach Joe Schmidt demanded from every player who wore green.


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