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Munster problems continue as another veteran calls time on career at province

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 21/05/2019 Adam Lacey
Doug Howlett, Doug Howlett are posing for a picture © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

Things are not looking any rosier for Munster these days, with yet another provincial veteran calling time on his career.

Doug Howlett has decided to leave Munster after an 11-year association with the province, and will return to New Zealand with his family.

Howlett made 114 appearances for Munster before retiring in 2013 and taking up the role of head of commercial and marketing.

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The 40-year-old had also joined Cork hurling’s backroom team as high-performance coach this year.

A statement from Howlett said: ‘The privilege of playing for Munster Rugby, completing my MBA in UCC, and having the opportunity to run the province’s Commercial and

Marketing programmes under the guidance of Garrett Fitzgerald, and the Commercial Board’s Niall FitzGerald and Patrick Coveney, have all been incredible experiences.

a man wearing a hat © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland It has been an extraordinary 11 years living in Ireland and I will always treasure my time in this special and unique club, and in Irish sport, academia and business.’

a man with a football ball on a field © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland His departure is another blow for Munster after recent news that both Jerry Flannery and Felix Jones will leave this summer, with Johann van Graan saying he wants to get in three new assistant coaches.

Doug Howlett, Simon Zebo are posing for a picture © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Munster’s acting CEO Philip Quinn said of Howlett’s departure: ‘He has been a great colleague and addition to the organisation, overseeing our most successful commercial year of the past decade.

a person wearing a hat © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland ‘I would like to thank Doug, and wish him and his family, all the best as they return to New Zealand.’

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