Ireland winger Tommy Bowe has stated his side won’t be holding anything back when they launch their defence of the Six Nations title against Italy.
The deadly finisher, who missed last season’s Championship triumph due to injury, is now back and keen to build on their recent November victories.
“I don’t think we’ll be going out there with much caution, we’ll be going out there to win,” he said, speaking to the Ulster Rugby website ahead of Saturday.
“We’ll have plays and ideas of how we want to attack when we get into the opposition half. We’ve been very successful in what we have done over the last year or so and I can’t see there being huge changes. Small changes for different teams might be made during the campaign but certainly at the minute it’s very much similar to what was back in November.”
Bowe has not played in a Six Nations match since 2012 when he scored five tries but he knows it won’t all be smooth sailing against the Azzurri, who beat Ireland in Rome back in 2013.
“We obviously want to silence the crowd to not let the Italians get their tails up, but also we want a good start to the Six Nations,” he added.
“It’s all about building momentum in this competition. So, if we can get off to a good start, not let Italy into the game, then hopefully play our type of rugby and if we can come away with a win then it will be a perfect start to defending the Six Nations.
“We know we’ve struggled against them the last few times we’ve played against them over in Italy. We know exactly what type of match it’s going to be, but we’ll go out there focused. First game, they always come out of the blocks hard as well. So we’re going to be prepared for that and hopefully a good week’s training will get us sorted.”