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Rugby pals out in force for Tommy's stylish shoe launch

HE was recently linked to reigning Miss Universe Ireland Roz Purcell -- but rugby hunk Tommy Bowe insists he has no time for romance in his life at the moment.

The Monaghan-born Ireland and Ospreys star, who has just launched his own shoe collection, is adamant that he is still busy enjoying life as a bachelor, despite being spotted out on the town with the leggy beauty earlier this year.

Tommy went on to explain how he has no plans to quit the pitch to pursue a career in fashion anytime soon, after creating a range of 15 different shoe styles called the Tommy Bowe collection.

And the down-to-earth sportsman (27) has had no shortage of celebrity endorsements since debuting the line, with many of his teammates snapping up a pair of their own.

"They seem to be going okay so far," Tommy explained. "They all (the team) got asked if they would like a pair so a few of them are wearing them, it's great.

"Some of the guys came along for support, it's difficult for those who live in Cork or Belfast but it was great to have a few of them there.

"I'm not really into my fashion, whenever I buy a pair of shoes, I like to get a good quality pair that will last me a good while and I think these shoes are kind of the shoes I would buy.

"I think this will keep me going for a while now, it's something different to work on off the pitch," he added.



celebratory

Among the big names at the launch, which took place at Residence club last night were Tommy's Ireland team-mates Brian O'Driscoll, Rob Kearney, Jamie Heaslip, Cian Healy and Sean O'Brien.

The group were still in celebratory form following their victory over England at the Aviva last Saturday, but couldn't party too hard last night given that they were due back at training this morning.

However, the Herald can reveal that several of the boys continued the celebrations on Sunday night at Copper Face Jacks. Healy, Heaslip, Bowe and a handful of other players partied late into the night at the Harcourt Street haunt for some much needed time off.

One onlooker said: "Everyone was staring at them for most of the night, but it didn't seem to bother them. People kept going up asking for pictures, but they were all too happy to pose with fans.

"It was just the boys from the team and two older women that they were with, so it seemed to be a real boys night out.

"It was actually quite funny because the players were there trying to keep to themselves, and all of a sudden, a women's rugby team walked in completely kitted out in their gear."

However, Bowe explained that it's "back to reality" now. "I'm heading back to Wales today so I'll probably be playing again next week."

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