Return of the Bowe,
Once again,
Return of the Bowe,
Top of the world,
Return of the Bowe,
Watch my flow,
You know that I’m not slow,
Here I go.

So, I’m back up in the game,
(That ball I will fling),
Lettin’ all the people know,
That I’m back to run the show.

Apologies to Mark Morrison, “Return of the Mack“.

I’d guess the viewing figures for Saturday mornings match went up a few notches as the good women of Ulster, Ireland and, probably, the rest of the world, switch on to watch the return of the Bowe to the Lions starting XV.

Having witnessed the Bowe phenomena first hand in Galway last April, I’d guess there will be plenty of mooning and swooning over the All Bran and Probiotic Yogurt when Monaghan’s finest takes the pitch, but there will also be a few satisfied smiles over the pints and frys in rugby clubs round the country. Bowe adds a much needed cutting edge to the Lions back line giving the tourists so many more options that I sort of suspect that they will run away with this one.

Bowe will be a huge distraction, not only to the ladies but also to the Australian defence. It’s not so much what he does with the ball in hand, more the constant threat that he poses with his intelligent  lines, that will keep the Australian defence honest giving the Lions back line that bit more space for Sexton, Davies and O’Driscoll to exploit. Add a quicker service from Ben Youngs and the preoccupation of the Aussie back row with Bowe and North coming in field and I can only see this one go one way and remarkably comfortably at that.

Watch his flow – this one will be over by half time!

Now lets see how we can get Court and Best on for the final test!

Australia: Kurtley Beale,  Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Christian Leali’ifano, Joe Tomane,  James O’Connor, Will Genia,  Benn Robinson, Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander, James Horwill, Kane Douglas, Ben Mowen, Michael Hooper, Wycliff Palu. Replacements: Saia Fainga’a, James Slipper, Sekope Kepu, Rob Simmons, Liam Gill, Nick Phipps, Rob Horne, Jesse Mogg .

British & Irish Lions: Leigh Halfpenny, Tommy Bowe, Brian O’Driscoll, Jonathan Davies, George North, Jonathan Sexton, Ben Youngs, Makovina Vunipola, Tom Youngs, Adam Jones, Alun Wyn Jones, Geoff Parling, Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton, Jamie Heaslip. Replacements: Richard Hibbard, Ryan Grant, Dan Cole, Tom Croft, Sean O’Brien, Conor Murray, Owen Farrell, Alex Cuthbert.

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