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    Dougie retires.

    Munster today announced that current squad captain Doug Howlett will retire from professional rugby at the end of this season. The decision was forced on the former All Black through injury sustained in the RaboDirect PRO12 game against Glasgow Warriors in the game played in Scotstoun at the end of March. At that stage, 34 year old Howlett was in contract extension negotiations with Munster but hasn’t been able to play since because of the shoulder injury he suffered in the course of scoring Munster’s third try. He underwent surgery in a Dublin hospital earlier this month and acting on medical advice will retire at season end.
    Howlett joined Munster in January 2008 and played a key role in their Heineken Cup success that season. He won his 100th cap against Leinster in the October 2012 League game and ends his Munster career as their all-time second leading try scorer with 35 tries after five and a half seasons. He became just the second overseas player and the first back to be nominated squad captain at the start of the current season.
    Howlett has intimated that he will remain on in Cork for the immediate future where he lives with his wife and three children.
    Other departures from the current squad - besides Peter Stringer who remains with Bath, Marcus Horan who announced his retirement recently, Sean Scanlon (Rotherham Titans) and Sean Henry (Connacht) - include Wian du Preez who returns to his native South Africa, Scott Deasy and Christy Condon.
    BJ Botha will continue on with Munster having signed a two year contract extension while Danny Barnes has not been re-contracted but is understood to have negotiated an opportunity to play abroad and news of that will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
    Yorn desh born, der ritt de gitt der gue,
    Orn desh, dee born desh, de umn bork! bork! bork!

    #2
    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
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      #3
      Gutted. One of the greats!
      It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.

      Every plan I have is the best plan in the room. Everybody get quiet and listen to it, and everybody will win

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        #4
        Best of luck to him it was great to see him play.. Would love to see him work with the backs in some capacity.

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          #5
          Dougie=Legend.

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            #6
            Say it isn't so.
            english by birth

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              #7
              Ah that's bad news, especially since it's enforced by injury. Thanks for everything Dougie, loved to watch you play.
              Hope Not Hate

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                #8
                Need to form a support group to get over this. Remember one of my happiest days when we learned the Dougie had signed for Munster. Doooouuuuuggg!!!!!! Dougie Wigs at the 2008 final (& of course Dumptruck's stalking)
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                  #9
                  And all because of a feckin consolation try.....Ah Jaysus
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                    #10
                    He's staying in Cork for the immediate future, coaching role??
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Valencia View Post
                      He's staying in Cork for the immediate future, coaching role??
                      Should really move to Limerick for that.



                      gutted
                      Nulla semper amicus, servivit mihi, in iniuriam mihi neminem quem non persolvi

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                        #12
                        Ah could we not have had one more chance to wear our wigs?!

                        Dougie, you survived most things including my husband picking you up and bear hugging you after the All Black's game in the Strand Hotel. It's a pity you couldn't come back just one more time for us to appreciate you one more time. Good luck in the future. Please make a video to teach the Howlitzer tackle to the younger backs.

                        THERE'S ONLY ONEEEEEEEEEEEE DOUGIE HOWLETT, THERE'S ONLY ONE DOUGIE HOWLETT,
                        DRINKING IN BARS AND DANCING ON CARS,
                        WALKING IN A DOUGIE WONDERLAND.

                        Tic-Toc. POC and DOC. Stop the clock.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Valencia View Post
                          He's staying in Cork for the immediate future, coaching role??
                          Hopefully.
                          Ceterum censeo INM irrumandum esse.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Valencia View Post
                            And all because of a feckin consolation try.....Ah Jaysus
                            Shows his commitment when others gave up
                            Nulla semper amicus, servivit mihi, in iniuriam mihi neminem quem non persolvi

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                              #15
                              He'll go down in folklore.

                              ******** to that anyway.
                              Frank the Tank is not coming back. OK? That part of me is over, water under the bridge.

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