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Ulster rule Tommy Bowe out of South Africa Tests, expect him back for pre-season

The wing appeared to aggravate his knee injury when playing 80 minutes on his return last month.

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ULSTER AND IRELAND wing Tommy Bowe will not return to full training until pre-season training later this summer, according to his province.

The Monaghan man suffered a devastating knee injury during Ireland’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final defeat to Argentina in Cardiff last October and will now miss Ireland’s three-Test summer tour of South Africa.

The 32-year-old made his return in the April victory over Zebre. He played the full 80 minutes that day and scored two tries, but persistent pain in his knee since has kept him out of action since.

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Ulster today report that Bowe has undergone exploratory surgery on his right knee. Though the arthroscopy revealed no new injury, the province say Bowe is “expected to be fully fit at the start of pre-season” training.

The northern province, who will take on Leinster in the Pro12 semi-final on Friday 20 May in the RDS, have reported no new injuries arising from their final day shoot-out win over the Ospreys in Swansea. However, fullback Louis Ludik is set to undergo surgery on his troublesome groin injury in England this Thursday.

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