But the 27-year-old proved enough in an 80-minute stint against Benetton Treviso last week in the Magners League for Declan Kidney to name him straight in the starting XV for Sunday's trip to Murrayfield.
And after winning his place straight back Bowe is desperate to repay the faith shown by Kidney, with competition for places at an all-time high in the Ireland camp.
"There is always pressure as there is a huge amount of competition," Bowe said.
"I've been lucky enough to be given the chance to come straight back into the team and that represents a huge vote of confidence from Declan Kidney.
"I have to repay that - if I don't I won't be in the starting line-up long.
"I watched the game against France and the boys played well so they are not too deflated.
"We made errors which allowed them to stay in the game but on the whole we played some good rugby - we stretched France and scored some good tries.
"The fact that there was a free week until this game against Scotland is frustrating as the players want to get out there and right the wrongs of that game.
"There has been a real sense of excitement and a buzz about the place in training and the lads just want to get out on the pitch again.
"Hopefully I will be able to get involved in the game, keep the ball in hand and maybe score a nice try."