Ireland's Bowe hopeful in Wales clash

Tommy Bowe will be cheering Ireland on from the sidelines this weekend as they face Wales in their first Six Nations fixture.

Published 31/01/2013 12:00

The winger has been out on injury for six weeks after damaging ligaments in his knee during the Ulster v Northampton match last month.

He said it has been difficult to sit back as Declan Kidney's side prepare to kick off their Six Nations campaign.

"As a player you want to be part of that but I'm here as a supporter and I'm going to get behind the Ireland team.

"I'm hoping for a really successful Six Nations team, I think it's all about getting the ball rolling and if we can get a win this weekend I think we will be able in with a great chance of a really successful campaign," he said.

Ireland were beaten by Wales in the opening weekend of last year's campaign and Bowe - who previously played for the Ospreys - said the defeat had knocked their confidence in the competition but they are fighting back this year.

"I think the Ireland team have a great opportunity, we've won over there in the past and it's a great chance for us to go and cause a bit of an upset with an away win and get us off to a winning start," he added.

For now, the 28-year-old is focused on recovering from his operation, which took place six weeks ago, and revealed he is now walking without crutches or a knee brace.

"It's going to take a little bit of time but hopefully in the next couple of weeks I will be able to ramp up the recovery and the rehab again," said Bowe, who added that he could be out for a total of 12 weeks.

"The next six weeks is crucial to start to build it up a little bit and slowly but surely try and get myself further and further and hopefully onto the pitch over the next six weeks or so.

"I will definitely be back before the end of the season, whether I make it back for the quarter finals is very debateable," he explained.

For Ireland, a win this weekend would set them off on the right path ahead of their crucial clash against England against Lansdowne Road the following week.

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