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Munster's Doug Howlett. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile.

Munster's Doug Howlett. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile.

Munster's Doug Howlett. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile.

MUNSTER captain Doug Howlett has made the decision to retire from rugby.

The 34-year-old record-breaking All Black has had to give way to a shoulder injury sustained against Glasgow Warriors in March.

He did undergo surgery in a Dublin hospital at the beginning of May in order to put him back together at the same time that contract discussions were ongoing.

However, Howlett has taken the medical advice offered to him as a result of how his shoulder reacted to the operation and departs Munster after five-and-a-half seasons, having joined the province in January 2008.

He won his 100th cap against Leinster in the October 2012 Pro12 League game and ends his Munster career as their all-time second leading try scorer with 35 tries.

Howlett has indicated that he will remain in Cork for the immediate future where he lives with his wife and three children.


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