Tommy Bowe to retire from professional rugby at end of season

Tommy Bowe will call time on his professional rugby career at the end of the season. Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Ireland and British & Irish Lions wing Tommy Bowe has revealed he will bow out of professional rugby at the end of the current campaign.

The 33-year-old saw his hopes of adding to his 69 international caps in the Six Nations dashed by a recent shoulder injury that will keep him out for eight weeks.

Bowe said via social media: "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."

Bowe made his debut for Ulster in 2004 -- earning an international call-up the same year -- and went on to play for Ospreys before returning to Ulster for the last five seasons.

The man from Monaghan, who was also a Gaelic footballer in his youth, played on the 2009 and 2013 Lions tours to South Africa and New Zealand respectively.