Lions 2013: Bowe praises Gatland's winning attitude

Tommy Bowe during Lions training

Ireland wing Tommy Bowe has hailed the winning mentality of Lions head coach Warren Gatland.

The Ulster player will start for the Lions in Wednesday's game against Western Force in Perth.

"Warren is here to do a job, he is here to pick a team that's going to go and win the series," said Bowe.

"He wants to be 2-0 up (in the series), and I think that is exciting for us as players because he's breeding that confidence into us.

He added: "I think it is really shining down throughout the squad."

Bowe was a key performer in South Africa four years ago, impressing as a wing and centre.

Few players could have done more with regard to trying to stave off a painful 2-1 series defeat.

Bowe is now back for more after recovering from a serious injury earlier this season, and he is determined to feature in the Test series against Australia.

"My main priority is to get picked in the Test squad, but I want to win. That has been the message from the outset," he said.

Bowe will line-up in Perth alongside his Ulster team-mate Rory Best, who will make his Lions debut.

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