IRE­LAND v UNITED STATES Sunday, New Ply­mouth, 7am

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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.”


Ire­land star Bowe

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