Howlett gets new role at Munster

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

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FORMER Munster captain Doug Howlett is back on board with the province as a Corporate Ambassador.

FORMER Munster captain Doug Howlett is back on board with the province as a Corporate Ambassador.

Howlett, who was forced to retire from the professional game at the end of last season, due to a shoulder injury, has remained in Cork with his family and is working closely with the Munster Rugby’s Commercial Board which was formed last March.

Retired winger Howlett will look to secure corporate support for the province. Munster Rugby indicate that a further announcement on ‘other exciting commercial developments instigated by the Board’ will be made in the coming weeks.

Chairman of the Commercial Board Niall Fitzgerald KBE, who has been instrumental in Howlett’s appointment said: “As the Ambassador for Munster Rugby Doug will bring the tactical insight, special skill and outstanding leadership that marked him as a player. The Commercial Board is greatly strengthened by this exciting addition to the team.”

Commenting on the role Doug Howlett added: “I am thrilled to continue my association with Munster Rugby. I am excited by my new team and this new challenge. I look forward to helping Munster Rugby remain at the forefront of European rugby.”

The all-time leading try scorer for the All Blacks has been involved in professional rugby for fifteen years, during which time he played for Super Rugby sides the Highlanders, the Hurricanes and the Blues before joining Munster Rugby in January 2008.