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Bowe fit for second Test

22nd June 2013 15:12


Tommy Bowe escapes Quade Cooper Lions v Reds

In contention: Tommy Bowe

British and Irish Lions winger Tommy Bowe has been passed fit for the second Test against Australia after recovering from a broken hand.

Bowe suffered the injury in the 22-12 victory over the Reds a fortnight ago.

Rather than being ruled out of the tour as expected by many, the Ireland international has made a full recovery and took part in contact training on Saturday.

Head coach Warren Gatland also confirmed that Leicester Tigers and England centre Manu Tuilagi would be available for Tuesday's match against the Melbourne Rebels.

That leaves Jamie Roberts as the only other major injury concern for the Lions, with no word yet on his fitness.

"Tommy Bowe is fit and available, he trained today and did contact," said Gatland.

"Manu will be available for Tuesday. Having firepower come back and more options is hopefully going to be good for the next two weeks."