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Tommy Bowe returns to Ulster squad for Saracens Heineken Cup clash

Updated: Friday, 05 Apr 2013 14:32 | Comments

Bowe's back - The Ireland winger is on the bench for Ulster's match with Saracens
Bowe's back - The Ireland winger is on the bench for Ulster's match with Saracens

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Ulster winger Tommy Bowe, has recovered from injury and has been named in the matchday squad to face Saracens in the Heineken Cup quarter-final at Twickenham tomorrow evening (kick-off 18:30).

The Ireland international hasn’t played since he suffered knee ligament damage against Northampton in December and is named on the bench for the game.

All Black prop John Afoa returns to the starting XV after he missed the win over Leinster at the RDS as he was in New Zealand for the birth of his third child.

"Tommy has trained very well. He is chomping at the bit to get out there" - Mark Anscombe

There are two further changes to the team that recorded Ulster’s first win in Dublin since 1999 for the clash with Saracens.

Iain Henderson is preferred at blindside flanker to Robbie Diack who drops to the bench, while Luke Marshall starts at inside centre having recovered from the concussion that he sustained playing for Ireland against Italy in the RBS 6 Nations.

Commenting on the return of Tommy Bowe, Ulster head coach, Mark Anscombe said: “Tommy has trained very well. He is chomping at the bit to get out there – he has missed a lot of rugby and he wants to play.”

Looking ahead to the game, Anscombe added: “We're playing in the quarter-final of a great competition, at one of the best grounds in rugby, against the side leading the Aviva Premiership and there's going to be a big crowd. It doesn't get any better than that.”

Ulster team to play Saracens in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals at Twickenham on Saturday 6 April, kick-off 18:30:

Jared Payne, Andrew Trimble, Darren Cave, Luke Marshall, Craig Gilroy, Paddy Jackson, Ruan Pienaar; Tom Court, Rory Best, John Afoa, Johann Muller (c), Dan Tuohy, Iain Henderson, Chris Henry, Nick Williams.

Replacements: (16-23): R Herring, C Black, R Lutton, R Diack, M McComish, P Marshall, S Olding, T Bowe.

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