Wednesday 21 August 2019

Technology vital for game: Howlett

Munster and All Black legend Doug Howlett
Munster and All Black legend Doug Howlett

Daragh Small

Munster and All Black legend, Doug Howlett, who is now Rugby Corporate Ambassador for the province, says the relationship between technology and sport has come a long way since he first started out his career.

Howlett, who scored 35 tries in 114 appearances for Munster, was joined on the stage at the 2015 Web Summit by current Galway inter-county hurler Joe Canning in Dublin's RDS on Tuesday.

The 37-year-old, who is still the leading try scorer for the All Blacks, with an impressive 49 tries in 62 appearances, is now in his fourth year in his current role with Munster, and spoke about the role of technology in sport.

"It was an honour to be speaking at this year's summit. On the stage we looked at technology in sport - from wearable technology to player monitoring and recovery. It's amazing how far technology has come, it's everywhere, you can't hide from it.

"When I first started you could pretty much eat anything and write down on the piece of paper what the coaches wanted to hear - not anymore and that makes for constant improvements," said Howlett.

"While the guys are doing the business on the pitch at the moment, my work is off the pitch and seeing how we can help the club behind the scenes and events like this are very helpful."

And Howlett thinks rugby needs to be open to adopting new technologies and follow the examples of other team games.

"We can learn a lot from each other's sports, there are a lot of similarities," he said.

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