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Tommy Bowe is on top of the world

Bowe is back with Ulster aces to the four for Romania clash

By Jonathan Bradley

Tommy Bowe will be determined to begin his World Cup with a bang after being named as one of four Ulster players who will start for Ireland against Romania tomorrow afternoon.

The winger, who was left out of the squad to face Canada a week ago, will take his place on the right wing for the Pool D clash at Wembley Stadium (4.45pm).

Darren Cave will make a World Cup debut in the 12 jersey with Jared Payne and Chris Henry also getting starts.

But the inclusion of Bowe is the most significant. Had he been ommitted again, it would have effectively spelt the end of his World... now he will be will be feeling on top of the world and ready to seize his chance to remain there, wiping out the memory of disappointing build-up prformances.

On the mindset of his two-time Lions winger, Joe Schmidt said yesterday: "Tommy is really enthusiastic. He just wants to get his hands on the ball, he wants some involvements.

"We know the quality of player that Tommy is. I don't think Tommy has lost any confidence in what he can deliver.

"What he did for us this time last year in the autumn internationals and through the Six Nations, we have a pretty good indication of what he can do."

The Ireland head coach has named the oldest starting XV ever seen at the tournament while Romania have countered with the most experienced panel in their history.

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