TOMMY Bowe will miss Ireland’s 2016 Six Nations campaign after being ruled out for six months following knee surgery.
The Ulster wing suffered an injury during Ireland’s Rugby World Cup exit at the hands of Argentina which ultimately required an operation.
Bowe’s club have confirmed the 31-year-old has endured posterior cruciate ligament and meniscal damage and will also miss their European Champions Cup campaign.
The news comes as a huge setback to Bowe, Ulster and Ireland as it was initially thought he would only require around two months on the sidelines.
Meanwhile, Bowe’s international and club team-mate Iain Henderson is expected to be out for around six weeks as he awaits an operation on his injured hand.
The 2016 Six Nations campaign begins next February.