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Munster legend Doug Howlett looks set to leave the province at the end of the season, according to a report in The Times.
The legendary All Black looks set to end his long assosciation with the province, and will follow coaches Jerry Flannery and Felix Jones out the door over the summer.
Howlett signed for Munster in 2008 in one of the most high profile transfers in provincial history. He tasted instant success, winning the European Cup in his first season and went on to captain the province and attain legendary status.
Howlett became a corporate ambassador for the province in 2013 shortly after his retirement. He currently works as Munster’s Head of Commercial and Marketing, but per the report, is set to leave that role and return home to New Zealand for family reasons.
UPDATE: Munster Rugby have confirmed Howlett will indeed leave the province in the autumn and return home to New Zealand.
“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.” Howlett said.
“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.”