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Video: Ulster's Tommy Bowe's dark times brought on by injury now firmly in past thanks to Euro ties


Ulster star Tommy Bowe says the province can quieten the ear-splitting atmosphere of Clermont's Stade Marcel Michelin tomorrow afternoon.

When the final whistle sounded on last Saturday's enthralling, back-and-forth win over Clermont, the scenes of celebration were widespread among the Ulster players and faithful.

Bowe, simply and briefly, raised a lone fist in celebration before going to congratulate his team-mates and shake hands with the opposition players who had more than played their part in the occasion.

If the outward reaction to a victory that resurrected Ulster hopes of returning to the European quarter-finals seemed muted, inside his emotions were anything but.

Having endured a torrid time coming back from the serious knee injury sustained in Ireland's World Cup quarter-final defeat to Argentina in 2015, last weekend's win was the like of which Bowe often wondered if he would get to experience again when his rehab was at its most arduous.

"There's a lot of times I was stuck in that gym staring at the four walls and thinking it was never going to end, days where the knee felt bad and wondering whether it was all worth it any more," said the Monaghan man.

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