Tommy Bowe Pens Touching Open Letter On His Decision To Retire

Time stands still for no man.

Ulster, Ireland and Lions winger Tommy Bowe has announced he will retire from rugby at the end of the current season. The 33-year-old, who toured with the Lions in 2009 and 2013, and has represented Ireland on 69 occasions, has endured a torrid time with injury over the last couple of seasons.

He took to Twitter last night and said that he would be bringing an end to his playing career shortly, with Ulster officially confirming the news soon after.

“I’ve spent most of my career in Belfast, At first George said I wasn’t fast, I eventually found my gears, Had some incredible years, But it’s time to tell you – this is my last,” he wrote.

Bowe has featured regularly for Ulster this season, mostly at outside centre, before a recent injury sidelined him for eight weeks. No doubt one of the finest wingers Ireland has ever produced.

In an open letter, the Ulster and Ireland winger has gone into more detail regarding his decision to call it a day at the end of the season.

As the saying goes, time stands still for no man (or sportsman). And so, 14 years on from signing my first professional contract with Ulster Rugby, I feel very fortunate to be able to say this will be my final season. 

I could never have imagined the career professional rugby has given me and I am so grateful to my close friends, family and agent Ryan Constable for their incredible support throughout the highs and lows. My beautiful wife Lucy has been my rock and little daughter Emma my newest inspiration.

I want to thank everyone involved in Ulster Rugby, the Ospreys, Ireland and the British and Irish Lions for giving me the chance to live a dream I never thought possible. I’d also like to thank all those at Royal School Armagh, Queen’s University and Monaghan RFC minis, where it all began.

To my teammates; the bond of going out onto the field together and the most special feeling in a changing room after a win are what I am going to treasure in the last few months as I will miss them most. I’ve met some incredible people and made friends that will hopefully last a lifetime.

Lastly to you – the supporters – thank you for your backing throughout my career. From my singing Black Velvet Band (never again I promise!) to your continued messages of kindness and unwavering support, despite my injuries in latter years, I am eternally grateful.

Who knows what the future will hold…

Definitely not singing!


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