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Tuesday 21 May 2019

Howlett's experience invaluable

Cork Senior Hurling High Performance Lead Doug Howlett watches on during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Round 4 match between Limerick and Cork at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick . Photo by Sportsfile
Cork Senior Hurling High Performance Lead Doug Howlett watches on during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Round 4 match between Limerick and Cork at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick . Photo by Sportsfile

The value of Doug Howlett's input to the Cork senior hurlers will become apparent in clutch moments, that's the view of Cork boss John Meyler.

The former Munster and All Blacks legend has been working with the Rebels since the National League commenced and his knowledge and experience of high pressure situations should prove invaluable.

"Look, he is a fantastic sportsman," Meyler said.

"[He] brings a wealth of experience in terms of performance at the higher level. He is very much hands on and hopefully he can bring all that to the table - we are delighted with him and the lads are delighted with him.

"It's about performing. It's about helping the lads deal with going out in Páirc Uí Chaoimh in front of 40,000 people against Tipperary with a new management - it's about all that.

"It is going to be really competitive.

"He has been there and so have a lot of the players to be fair, but it is about bringing in somebody to allay their fears and that is really it."

The pitch in Páirc Uí Chaoimh is sure to be a talking point come Sunday afternoon. How will it hold up? How's it looking?

"Well, It is looking green," Meyler laughed when asked last week.

"I am not a horticulturist, but look the County Board have put the resources into it and please God that won't be the conversation after the game - hopefully ye [the press] will be talking about the hurling not the pitch.

"The lads are familiar with the pitch.

"We trained a lot there last year before the Munster Final and the All Ireland semi-final and this year whilst not training on the pitch the lads have been down there in the gym and on the 4G pitch so the environs would be the same for all."

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