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Last Updated: Friday, 25 January 2008, 15:54 GMT
Ulster's Bowe signs for Ospreys
Tommy Bowe
Tommy Bowe is on his way to the big-spending Ospreys
Ulster's in-form winger Tommy Bowe is moving to Wales to play for the big-spending Magners League rivals the Ospreys.

The 23-year-old Bowe has signed a two-year deal with the Liberty Stadium side with an option for a third.

Bowe's move comes in the aftermath of his omission from the Ireland squad.

The departure of Bowe comes on the back of confirmation that Roger Wilson is moving to Northampton who are also chasing the signature of Neil Best.

The popular Bowe's departure will come a massive blow to the Ulster faithful as the pacey winger was the essence of consistency during the side's worst-ever season.

It was expected that Bowe's current form would see him start the opening Six Nations game against Italy at Croke Park, particularly with Shane Horgan and Denis Hickie out of the equation.

However, he will start the international season on the Ireland A side who take on the England Saxons at Welford Road on Friday night.

A former pupil of Royal School Armagh, Bowe first caught the eye with Queen's University where he graduated to play two seasons with the Ulster and Ireland U21 sides.

He quickly rose through the ranks and made a try-scoring Ulster senior debut under Alan Solomons in April 2004 during a 42 27 win over Connacht at Ravenhill.

During that autumn he made his Ireland debut and again scored in the victory over the United States at Lansdowne Road. He was the first player from Monaghan to play for Ireland for 80 years.

However, his often laid-back attitude to life, and the game, saw him drift in and out of the international scene.

He has so far amassed 10 caps for Ireland, but despite a more serious approach to the game, is still not known to be a regular which is his goal.

Ulster's loss is the Ospreys gain. The Welsh side have boosted their side with some star quality including Marty Holah and Justin Marshall and are keen to make a breakthrough into the big time.

The have made it through to the knock-out stages of the Heineken Cup for the first time and are planning to further boost their squad for next season.



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