Ulster and Ireland stalwart Tommy Bowe has announced he is set to retire at the end of the current season.
In a post to Twitter, Bowe made the announcement in the form of a poem.
I’ve spent most of my career in Belfast,
At first George said I wasn’t very fast,
I eventually found my gears,
Had some incredible years,
But it’s time to tell you – this is my last! pic.twitter.com/KZa8Rwk4G1
— Tommy Bowe (@TommyBowe14) January 15, 2018
The 33-year-old made his debut for Ulster in 2003, playing for club until 2008 when he moved to Welsh side Ospreys, remaining there until his 2012 return to Ulster.
A shoulder injury sustained earlier this month during Ulster’s Pro14 defeat to Leinster has meant an eight-week layoff for Bowe, damaging his hopes of inclusion in Ireland’s Six Nations squad.