Bowe backs Henderson to shine for Lions

Ireland and Ulster utility forward Iain Henderson has the ability to make a big contribution for the Lions on their upcoming tour of New Zealand.

That was the word from Henderson's Ulster team-mate, veteran wing, Tommy Bowe who represented the Lions on their tours to South Africa and Australia in 2009 and 2013 respectively.

"I think Hendy is a great character and he'll embrace every minute of it," Bowe told the Belfast Telegraph.

"This is a real opportunity for him to really put his hand up. I think he'll fit in very well.

"I just hope they have the same sort of ethos and that they'll able to enjoy each other's company and come together.

"There going into a very hostile and tough environment and there's going to be a lot of pressure on from the get-go, so I hope there is a chance to get together and get to know each other.

"I know Warren Gatland has talked about learning to sing songs and having a beer with each other.

"Whenever four countries come together after knocking lumps out of each other for some time, to try and take on one of the top teams in the world, you have to bond and know the man behind you has got your back."