Former All Blacks wing Howlett to hang up boots
James Mortimer and munster.ie 15 May 2013 Gettys Images
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.
The former All Blacks wing played 62 Tests and scored 49 tries - still fifth on the all-time list.
Howlett has intimated that he will remain on in Cork for the immediate future where he lives with his wife and three children.
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