Bowe pushing for Ireland recall
February 21, 2011
Tommy Bowe is back in training with the Ospreys © Getty Images
Winger Tommy Bowe is in line for a return to the international stage after being drafted into the Ireland squad ahead of their Six Nations clash with Scotland on Sunday.
The Ospreys speedster missed Ireland's Six Nations victory over Italy and their defeat against France while he recovered from a knee injury but has been handed a recall having come through Saturday night's Magners League clash with Treviso unscathed.
Bowe, who turns 27 tomorrow, is one of eight players added to the squad by coach Declan Kidney in the wake of his side's narrow defeat to France. Ulster wing Andrew Trimble is another to return to the selection mix after recovering from a hand injury and proving his fitness against the Scarlets on Friday night.
The previously uncapped Leinster back Fergus McFadden and Munster's Keith Earls filled the wing berths for Ireland's opening Championship fixtures but both now face stiff competition from their more experienced rivals.
Munster's Denis Hurley and Connacht's Gavin Duffy are also drafted in having come through their latest provincial games. Joining them are Munster locks Mick O'Driscoll and Donnacha Ryan and prop Tony Buckley, who has recovered from a hip injury, and Leinster back-row Rhys Ruddock.
The Ireland squad will gather in Dublin this evening with the first training session scheduled for tomorrow morning.
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