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Rugby World Cup: Two-try Tommy Bowe blasts back and bloodied Chris Henry is a Wembley hero as Ireland hammer Romania

By Jonathan Bradley

Ireland coach hailed double try scorer Tommy Bowe as the Ulster winger emphatically announced his arrival on the World Cup stage with a commanding performance in yesterday's 44-10 Wembley demolition of Romania.

Bowe put himself firmly back on the Schmidt radar on a record breaking day, seizing his chance to show his class after being omitted from the opening win over Canada.

His Ulster team-mate Chris Henry was also among the try scorers with a first World Cup touchdown on his first tournament start 11 months after undergoing heart surgery.

And Keith Earls equalled Brian O'Driscoll's record seven World Cup tries for Ireland before the biggest recorded Rugby World Cup attendance of 89,267.

But Bowe's impressive and timely return to form provided the biggest talking point as Ireland moved to the top of Pool D after two games, with Italy next up at London's Olympic Stadium next Sunday.

Schmidt said: "I thought he had a super game. He finished the try in the corner especially well. He was incredibly strong in the air. Overall, I felt that Tommy was really good today."

Bowe said: "I think we finished off some great tries nicely. We worked very hard in training this week and there's a lot of smiles on faces in there looking forward to two massive weeks ahead.

Henry added: "It's a great feeling to score anytime for Ireland but a first World Cup try, in my first World Cup start is obviously a special moment.

"There were plenty of nerves going into it and I'm delighted to get through the game injury free and get the score.

"A lot of lads knew that this was a chance for them to give Joe a headache, whether it was enough I don't know."

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