Wednesday 26 July 2017

O'Connell: Howlett will be back

MUNSTER captain Paul O'Connell says losing Doug Howlett for the rest of the season is a massive blow, describing the All Blacks winger as "the perfect player," writes HUGH FARRELLY.

Surgery on a ruptured Achilles tendon will rule Howlett out for six to eight months and O'Connell said the Munster squad have to make the best of it without their most potent attacker.

"You've just got to get on with it," said O'Connell. "There is no doubt that Dougie will be a big loss in terms of attitude, the way he prepares and the way he performs.

"He's been playing great and scoring tries. He always knows his role inside out and always produces the goods.

"He doesn't just train hard, he plays hard as well -- the perfect player," added O'Connell, who does not believe the 33-year-old Howlett has played his last game for Munster.

"The way he looks after his body and the way he trains, there is no reason why he wouldn't do that in his rehab as well. I'd be very hopeful he will come back."

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