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Ulster Rugby: Rory Best and Tommy Bowe to host new “The Ulster Rugby Show” on BBC NI

Rory Best, Gavin Andrews and Tommy Bowe’s ‘The Ulster Rugby Show’ team at Kingspan Stadium

Former Ulster, Ireland and Lions players Tommy Bowe and Rory Best team up with BBC NI’s Gavin Andrews to host “The Ulster Rugby Show”.

The new weekly schedule starts at 10 p.m. BST on Thursday 23 September on BBC Two NI and BBC iPlayer.

It takes a light look at the latest news, results and talking points around Ulster Rugby and the new United Rugby Championship.

An interview with Ulster captain Iain Henderson kicks off the new series.

Rory Best OBE is the only Irish captain in history to lead his team to victory against the All Blacks, Australia and South Africa. He won 124 caps for Ireland, made 218 appearances for Ulster and toured with the British and Irish Lions twice.

“It will be an exciting season with the new United Rugby Championship competition and the introduction of the Big Four South African teams.

“I’m really looking forward to being on the other side of the camera and hopefully we can bring something of what we’ve learned as players to the TV studio and that through our analysis we can help explain how matches are won and lost. “

Rory Best and Tommy Bowe share a laugh on new weekly show
Rory Best and Tommy Bowe share a laugh on new weekly show

Two-time Lions tourist Tommy Bowe scored one of the most famous tries in Irish rugby history when he helped Ireland at the Grand Slam in 2009. He played for Ulster 168 times and won 69 caps. for Ireland by scoring 30 tries.

“Having played in the spotlight in a crowded Kingspan stadium, I know what a privilege it is to wear the Ulster jersey and play in front of thousands of fans.

“During this season, it will be really interesting to speak with the current group of players and see what motivates them to play for their province.

Presenter Gavin Andrews rounds out the lineup as he and the two Ulster legends invite special guests and players to their Kingspan Stadium studio each week for a discussion about rugby and a preview of events on and off the pitch .

“It’s a new program at the start of a new season in a new look league – so everything is changing for the better,” he added.

“We’re going to take a fun and informative look at the United Rugby Championship – and get to know some of the players and characters along the way. For anyone interested in the sport, hope this is a must see – j can’t wait to get started! “

Best and Bowe will also be on the squad for BBC Northern Ireland’s live URC coverage, which begins with Benetton’s visit to Kingspan Stadium to face Ulster on Friday 8 October.


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