After a year away from the Test arena, Ireland wing Tommy Bowe admits he cannot wait to return to action against the Boks on Saturday.
After a year away from the Test arena, Ireland wing Tommy Bowe admits he cannot wait to return to action against South Africa in Dublin on Saturday.
Bowe was sidelined for the Six Nations with a groin injury but is in line for a return against a nation he knows will be hard to stop this weekend.
However, that has not dampened his excitement as he prepares to run out at the Aviva Stadium.
“I feel great to be back involved. I’m glad to be back in camp, back in the environment. It’s difficult obviously having missed the Six Nations and missed the tour last year,” he told irishrugby.ie.
“It’s hard to watch whenever you are at home. You want to be there. I just enjoy being back here (at Carton House) and will hopefully be involved.
“I think that South Africa played quite a lot more rugby (in the Rugby Championship). There are obviously renowned as a hard, physical side, they rely on bullying teams.
“This time round they have shown with the likes of Cornal (Hendricks), (Willie) le Roux, JP Pietersen, these guys can run with the ball. They’re dangerous, as is Francois Hougaard. Being a back-three player you are going to have to be on the ball.”
He added on the Springboks’ changing style: “If you kick badly to them, give them time on the ball, that’s where they will punish you. They have players who can attack, run hard but they’re also not afraid to chip the ball in behind you.”
“There are threats all over the pitch. I think our defensive line is going to have to be solid. Whenever you get to international rugby that’s a non-negotiable. Certainly against South Africa it’s going to have to be top notch.”