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Tommy Bowe with Rob Kearney, Andrew Trimble and Paddy Wallace at the launch of the latest collections from his range  from XVKings. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Tommy Bowe with Rob Kearney, Andrew Trimble and Paddy Wallace at the launch of the latest collections from his range from XVKings. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Tommy Bowe with Rob Kearney, Andrew Trimble and Paddy Wallace at the launch of the latest collections from his range from XVKings. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Rugby star turned fashion designer Tommy Bowe has to endure good-natured teasing from his teammates since bringing out his own clothing brand.

But he said towering forwards Paul O'Connell and Devon Toner are delighted he is able to fit them with extra large shoes from his footwear collection.

The winger, who scored a sensational try in Ireland's match against South Africa at the weekend, told the Ray D'Arcy Show he kits out all his Irish teammates in his XV Kings line.

"They do slag me a bit when they think I try to talk like a fashionista," he said. "It's great to have the guys wearing them and you see them in it over and over again so they must like them.

"Even people like Paul O'Connell would come up to me. He knows what he likes. He wears the Lloyd and Price shoes all the time. "I think he is size 13 or 14. We're able to have shoe sizes for people like him. I think Devin is size 15."

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The player also admitted how he had to be cut out of a tight top during a mishap on a photo shoot for his fashion brand.

Tommy was persuaded by the stylist to wear a t-short a bit too small for him but the muscle-bound winger ended up getting stuck in the garment.

"They wanted me to be in extra tight gear for it," he said. "Extra tight was a bit too tight and I had to be taken out of it."

Tommy is in preparation for his wedding to former Miss Wales Lucy Whitehouse, and told Ray D'Arcy "it's all good".

And the winger said he was delighted with his skilful try at the weekend which helped clinch Ireland's stunning win over South Africa.

"I've watched it maybe once or twice. It was a great victory," he said. "There were plenty of smiles. I was delighted to be back on the team and what a performance to be part of. "The atmosphere was one of the best and the crowd were exceptional."

He said the side did miss the presence of Brian O'Driscoll.

"With Drico obviously not being in and around camp it's a bit of shock," he said. "But I think the team have to move on, which is strange."

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