Bowe backs Ireland to end England hoodoo

Ireland are in the thick of an impressive winning run but British & Irish Lion Tommy Bowe is eager to end a different streak when England visit the Aviva Stadium next weekend. [more]

Bowe backs Ireland to end England hoodoo

Ireland are in the thick of an impressive winning run but British & Irish Lion Tommy Bowe is eager to end a different streak when England visit the Aviva Stadium next weekend.

Joe Schmidt’s side were beaten 13-10 at Twickenham a year ago – their fourth straight loss to the Red Rose, dating back to 2011.

However, they have gone on to win nine straight games since then, a run that includes victories over South Africa and Australia.

And Bowe, who has faced both of those nations for the Lions – in 2009 and 2013 respectively – is bullish about making it ten on the trot when England visit Dublin next Sunday.

“I think that we'll be confident about them coming to the Aviva,” he told Herald.ie.

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"England are playing some outstanding rugby at the minute, they defend well and are difficult to break down. They've got some really classy players in the back-line. Obviously they're very physical up front and they'll be confident about coming here.

“Certainly with the interest I've had and people wanting tickets for the matches, the interest of everybody talking about the England match, the Irish public and Irish team will certainly be up for it.

“We'll hopefully try and right that four-game losing sequence against them."

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