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Bowe has a point to prove

Updated: Friday, 22 Feb 2008 09:01

Tommy Bowe is eager to cement his place in the Irish team
Tommy Bowe is eager to cement his place in the Irish team

Tommy Bowe is determined to celebrate his Ireland recall by fulfilling a marauding brief in tomorrow's RBS 6 Nations clash with Scotland.

The Ulsterman will be making a first appearance for his country since August's World Cup warm-up match against Scotland and is eager to leave a lasting impression.

'It can be difficult to get involved early in a game, especially playing on the wing,' said Bowe.

'If you're a forward, at least you're stuck in the middle of the action all the time. It's been something that I've been trying to do - get myself that bit more involved in the game.

'It's a goal I have for this weekend, too. It's something that I don't think I've done in the past when I've played for Ireland.

'I've maybe just sat on the wing and not imposed myself on the game, but that's something I want to change against Scotland.'

Bowe made a try-scoring debut against the USA in 2004 but was jettisoned 18 months later following an error-strewn display against France in Paris.

The 23-year-old was axed from the side, leading to claims coach Eddie O'Sullivan had made him the scapegoat for the first-half implosion in the Stade de France.

Rugby league convert Brian Carney was preferred ahead of him for the World Cup but the growing clamour for Bowe's reinstatement during the Six Nations, based on his magnificent provincial form, could not be ignored.

'I believe I'm a different player now to when I first played for Ireland,' Bowe said.

'I've a more settled head on me now, in respect to taking knocks. If I make a mistake in the first minute of a game now, I have the ability to move on from it.

'Three years ago, that was something that hindered my game.
"But I'm coming off a decent run of form now and I just have to believe in myself.

'If I stick to what I have been doing in the past couple of weeks, hopefully things will go well.'

Bowe admits he failed to make the most of his early promotion to the Test team but does not intend making the same mistake twice.

'I had a chance a couple of seasons back, similar to the one I have now, and I didn't take it,' he said.

'A few people came through and took my spot. And I found it hard to get it back again.

'But I've been given an opportunity this week and it's up to me now to try to hold on to it.'