Bowden ponders England option

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Bowden is playing for Leicester Tigers this year after spending two years with London Irish.

Fellow Leicester Kiwi team-mate Thomas Waldrom has already won England status.

Bowden told the Leicester Mercury, "I could play for England and I have spoken to Thomas [about it]. It's in the back of my mind, but my focus is fully with the Tigers.

"It was a big commitment for me to sign here and stay for a two-year period. I just want to repay the faith the club have shown in me.

"I know it's an option and, if it happens, it happens," he said.

Bowden had intended returning to New Zealand at the end of his stint with London Irish but Leicester's offer caused a rethink.

Success would be tough as Leicester have Toby Flood, Anthony Allen and George Ford in the mix in the five-eighths.

"Leicester have been very welcoming since I took an early release from Irish at the end of last season to begin my rehab from an ankle operation up here," he said.

"The players and staff have been very friendly and I am working very hard. The formula at Tigers has been successful over the years, so there is no reason to change it," he said.

Bowden said there was always depend for players capable of playing in the five-eighths and and when considering his future he thought Leicester could help him develop his game.

After discussing the matter with former Leicester player Daryl Gibson, and realising that head coach Matt O'Connor had an attacking bent, he opted to take the offer from Leicester.