DOUG Howlett will remain with the Cork hurlers for the rest of the campaign despite the All-Black legend ending his association with Munster.
Cork GAA announced in February that Howlett had officially joined John Meyler’s hurling set-up as ‘high performance lead’ for the 2019 campaign.
At the time a Cork GAA statement said that Howlett brings ‘with him a wealth of expertise and experience of playing sport at an elite level.’
Earlier this week Howlett announced that he is returning to New Zealand in the autumn and is finishing up as Munster Rugby Head of Commercial and Marketing.
‘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,’ all-time leading All Blacks’ try scorer Howlett said.
Cork hurling boss Meyler has confirmed that Howlett will stay on with the hurlers for rest of the championship.
‘The guy is a legend. He had a calmness about him, he’s humble. He’s been there with the All Blacks and he’s bringing that to us. He’s contributed enormously to the team meetings, to the players, to the overall sense of performance,’ Meyler told the42.ie.
‘He’s a very humble guy, that’s what I would say about him. He talks about the performance and he gives us a sense of calmness. He spoke the last day about ourselves and repeating the performance, trying to get the culture of what the All Blacks do.
‘They’re always looking for more, they’re looking for a better level of performance even if they win matches and it’s maintaining that. He’s contributed enormously and he’ll be still with us.’