Bowe content with performance

Date published: September 28 2015

Following his brace of tries against Romania on Sunday, Ireland wing Tommy Bowe revealed he was happy with his outing.

Bowe crossed the whitewash twice during the 44-10 drubbing and he is hoping that will be enough to earn him a place in the starting XV that will run out against Italy on Sunday at the Olympic Stadium in London.

"It was great to get back out and see the ball being moved about," quipped the 31-year-old.  

"To score a try or two was nice and I am happy enough with my performance."

The Ulster utility back added that the competition amongst the Irish backs is tough as they are firing on all cylinders.

"The competition for the back three places is something else," he explained.  

"Myself, Keith Earls played exceptionally well, Simon Zebo played well and Rob Kearney looked full of energy when he came on.

"There's huge competition there and all I can do is put my hand up when I am given the opportunity."

Playing in front of the partisan crowd at Wembley was something to behold for Bowe, who considered himself fortunate to be on the pitch. 

"It was such a massive occasion and even the guys who weren’t playing said they were gutted not to be out there," he said.

"You can't emphasise what it means to have a crowd like that behind you. It really does add a huge element to our game and we will need that over the next couple of weeks."

While Ireland have got the maximum ten points from easy wins over Canada and Romania, Bowe is aware that that the next two fixtures against Italy and 2011 finalists France will determine their World Cup campaign. 

"It's a strong position to be in," he added.

"As the games get tougher and as the weeks hopefully go on, there are going to be people who pick up knocks. There was no massive drop-down in performance from yesterday or from the week before.

"Every player wants to give the coaches a headache. We all feel we are good enough to be playing week in, week out. There are two massive matches coming up in the next two weeks, so training will be very interesting this week."