BOWE ON A MISSION
IRELAND v UNITED STATES Sunday, New Plymouth, 7am
TOMMY BOWE insists that Ireland’s golden generation is determined to deliver on rugby’s greatest stage.
The World Cup has been an unhappy hunting ground for the Irish, who have never progressed beyond the quarterfinals and have failed to reach that stage on two occasions, in 1999 and 2007.
Drawn in a pool containing Australia, Italy, USA and Russia, they have a great chance of reaching the last eight this time round.
And one big performance against either the Wallabies or South Africa – their likely quarter-final opponents – should send them into the last four.
Bowe said: “People have looked at us as a bit of a golden generation. We’ve won a Grand Slam and countless Triple Crowns.
“But the World Cup is the one we really want to make an impact in.”
Four successive defeats in the warm-up internationals have done little to silence doubts that the World Cup’s oldest team – their average is 29 – may be in decline.
But Bowe insists all that will be forgotten if they perform well against the USA on Sunday.
He added: “Losing those games last month will be in the back of our heads but once we get off to a good start that will be behind us.
“ We want to go out there, put things right and move on to bigger and better things.
“I don’t want to be part of an Irish team that goes through the motions – I want to be successful.”
ROCK ON, TOMMY!
Ireland star Bowe