Bowe: Ireland will stick to winning formula

Two-time British & Irish Lion Tommy Bowe is hoping for more of the same from Ireland as they prepare to take on Italy in Rome on Saturday. [more]

Bowe: Ireland will stick to winning formula

Two-time British & Irish Lion Tommy Bowe is hoping for more of the same from Ireland as they prepare to take on Italy in Rome on Saturday.

The last time Ireland made the trip to the Stadio Olimpico was back in 2013 when they suffered a 22-15 defeat but since then under new head coach Joe Schmidt their fortunes have been revived.

The men in green go into the match as defending Six Nations champions and are coming off the back of a trio of victories in their autumn internationals with South Africa, Georgia, and Australia all defeated.

And Bowe, who was part of the Lions’ tours in 2009 and 2013, believes his side will stick to their winning formula this weekend.

"I don't think we'll be going out there with much caution, we'll be going out there to win," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

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"But like any away match, we'll have plays and ideas of how we want to attack when we get into the opposition half.

"There will certainly be nothing negative about how we're going to play, but at the same time, away from home we'll want to try and put the pressure on them and get the crowd on their backs.

"I can't see it being too much different to be honest. We've been very successful in what we've done over the last year or so and I can't see there being huge changes.

"Small changes for different teams might be made during the campaign but certainly at the minute it's very much similar to what it was back in November.”

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