Bowe blow for Ulster

Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:09
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Ulster will have to do without star wing Tommy Bowe when they get their European Cup campaign back underway against Treviso in Belfast.

Ulster will have to do without star wing Tommy Bowe when they get their European Cup campaign back underway against Treviso in Belfast.

The 2012 European Cup finalists have lost Bowe to a muscle tear that will see him sidelined for up to a month-and-a-half.

Bowe picked up the problem during his country's year-end Test series and will now miss the upcoming double header with the Italians and possibly the home tie with Montpellier next month.

"Tommy Bowe suffered a groin injury while on international duty with Ireland. A scan revealed that he has suffered a muscle tear and that he will be out of rugby for between four and six weeks," read a statement from Ulster.

The news is a huge blow to Mark Anscombe's men as they look to cement their place at the head of Pool Five following an opening 22-16 win over Leicester and a famous 25-8 triumph against Montpellier in France.
They currently have a two-point advantage over the Tigers at the top of the table but will be hoping for tries as well as points at Ravenhill on Saturday night.

Bowe is one of the tournament's most potent attacking weapons having scored 24 tries in 54 appearances since his competition debut back in the 2004/05 campaign.

The 29-year-old was a try scorer against Leicester last month and has started both European games so far this term after recovering from the wrist injury that had threatened to bring his summer British and Irish Lions tour to a premature end.

Ulster have also learnt that prop Paddy McAllister is facing a similar spell on the sidelines after suffering a small tear to his hamstring, while flanker Mike McComish and hooker Rob Herring are doubts for this weekend, with McCormish only having returned to training yesterday after a blow to his hip and Herring not set to train until later this week due to the stinger he suffered in the recent win over Zebre.

There was good news regarding skipper Johann Muller, though, with the South African lock fit to feature against Treviso having returned to full training following the calf muscle problem that has kept him out of action since the domestic win over Cardiff Blues in late October.

Fullback Jared Payne and scrumhalf Ian Porter are others who could return alongside Muller, while centre Paddy Wallace will also be back in contention having been unavailable for more than eight months with a cruciate knee injury.

The veteran playmaker is unlikely to win back a place in the matchday 23 immediately but he could be involved in the return tie with Treviso if, as expected, he turns out for Ulster's second team this week.

There are currently no matches being played
Sat, 22 October 2016
Saracens v Scarlets 16h30 Allianz Park
Ulster v Exeter Chiefs 18h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sun, 23 October 2016
Montpellier v Leinster 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Zebre v Connacht 15h15 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Toulouse v Wasps 15h15 Le Mans
Leicester Tigers v Racing Metro 16h30 Welford Road
Fri, 28 October 2016
Ulster v Munster 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Edinburgh v Zebre 18h35 BT Murrayfield
Cardiff Blues v Scarlets 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Glasgow Warriors v Treviso 18h35 Scotstoun Stadium
Northampton Saints v Gloucester 18h45 Franklin's Gardens
Sat, 29 October 2016
Ospreys v Dragons 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 14h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Worcester Warriors 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Pool 1
Team P W D L Pts
Munster 1 1 0 0 5
Glasgow Warriors 2 1 0 1 5
Racing Metro 0 0 0 0 0
Leicester Tigers 1 0 0 1 0
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Wasps 1 1 0 0 5
Connacht 1 1 0 0 4
Toulouse 1 0 0 1 1
Zebre 1 0 0 1 0
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Scarlets 1 1 0 0 4
Saracens 1 1 0 0 4
Toulon 2 1 0 1 4
Sale Sharks 2 0 0 2 0
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 1 1 0 0 5
Castres 2 1 0 1 5
Northampton Saints 2 1 0 1 4
Montpellier 1 0 0 1 1
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Clermont Auvergne 2 2 0 0 10
Bordeaux 2 1 0 1 5
Ulster 1 0 0 1 0
Exeter Chiefs 1 0 0 1 0