Leicester ‘licking their lips’ – Bowe

Date published: October 16 2014

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Ulster wing Tommy Bowe expects that Leicester will be relishing the prospect of taking on familiar opposition at Welford Road.

Ulster wing Tommy Bowe expects that Leicester will be relishing the prospect of taking on familiar opposition at Welford Road.

The two teams have shared a pool in two of the last three European seasons, meaning there’s plenty of familiarity as Bowe pointed out.

“There is a bit of history there and I am sure they will be licking their lips at the thoughts of us going back to Welford Road first game up,” Bowe told the Irish Times.

Ulster have settled well into the Pro12 season with only one loss in their first six matches, despite a rocky time off the pitch with the departure of David Humphreys and a host of senior players.

Bowe understands how supporters may have been concerned at the upheaval but praised Ireland coach Les Kiss, who acted as an interim director of rugby earlier in the season, for stepping in.

“I’m sure supporters, people looking in were probably thinking there’s serious turmoil, what the hell is going on here,” added Bowe.

“There’s no doubt about it, losing Stephen Ferris, Paddy Wallace, Tom Court, people who have been with us a long time, part of the woodwork. Johan Muller, John Afoa, two very influential world class players… that was always going to be a loss.

“And then David Humphreys leaving, that was a big shock. With Mark (Anscombe) leaving that kind of came as a bit of a shock as well. But whenever we heard that Les was coming in the interim, I think it perked everybody up.

“I think it gave the squad the coaches, the whole organisation a real change of direction. It refocused us.

“I think he (Les) was excellent in the couple of months he came in. The players that have come in have really stepped up to the mark and pushed it a bit as well.”

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