Thursday 19 April 2018

Doug has 'mixed emotions' ahead of All Blacks game

All Blacks legend Doug Howlett Photo: INPHO/Morgan Treacy
All Blacks legend Doug Howlett Photo: INPHO/Morgan Treacy
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

All Blacks legend Doug Howlett is torn on who to support as Ireland attempt a historic double against New Zealand.

Ireland clinched their first win in 111 years against the All Blacks in Chicago two weeks ago.

Now, they face the reigning world champions at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin with New Zealand determined to avenge their loss at Soldier Field.

Doug Howlett - who won 62 caps for the All Blacks - admitted he has had "mixed emotions" as his native country takes on his adopted home.

"It was hard not to be thrilled for Ireland in Chicago," he said.

"They deserved to win."

Doug, who has worked for Munster Rugby for almost 10 years, watched the Chicago match alongside former teammate Paul O'Connell and hopes to make the Aviva today.

He proudly remains the All Blacks leading try scorer.

"I signed a contract almost 10 years ago and I am still here," said the former Munster player.

"Mostly we had planned two years to sample life abroad. But we are still here.

"We settled well in Cork. Our kids are in school and my wife has a lovely network of people. We love being in Ireland and Europe.

"There are loads of similarities to New Zealand - the friendliness of the people, the welcoming nature of the Irish people is something I relate to," he told Newstalk.

Irish Independent

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