Ireland winger Tommy Bowe makes playing return

Tommy Bowe in action for Ulster A against their Munster counterparts in Naas on Thursday
Tommy Bowe had not played since suffering a knee injury in Ireland's World Cup quarter-final defeat by Argentina

Ireland winger Tommy Bowe played his first match since October in the Ulster's A game against their Munster counterparts on Thursday.

Bowe, 32, played in the first half of the game in Naas and came through unscathed before being replaced at half-time as had been the plan.

The Lions star had been out since sustaining a knee injury in Ireland's World Cup defeat by Argentina.

Bowe suffered posterior cruciate ligament and meniscal damage.

His return is a timely boost as the Belfast club attempt to secure a place in the Pro12 play-offs.

Les Kiss's men are currently fifth in the standings and have three matches left, against Zebre, Leinster and Ospreys.

Darren Cave captained the Ulster A team as they earned a 38-31 win in Thursday's game.

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