Saturday, 1 September 2007

Doug Howlett signs with Munster

It is official. Thousands of women the length and width of New Zealand will be switching off their television sets next year when the All Blacks next play. The reason? Doug Howlett, the man who has inspired even the most uninterested female to watch rugby, has signed a two year contract to join Munster in Ireland. Which means no more Auckland Blues and no more All Blacks plus many broken hearts in his wake.

I realised Howlett's appeal when I sat watching an AB test in a pub in Amsterdam a couple of years ago. There was a small crowd of locals cooing his name. Actually - I realised his international appeal before then, but obviously my suspicions were now confirmed. Howlett has been a faithful servant to the NZRFU and a player that has always shown a great amount of dignity as well. You would never see Doug in a scrap (it would ruin his lovely locks after all), or backchat a ref. But mostly, Doug has been a scintillating finisher. Good luck Doug. New Zealand's loss is Munster's gain.

UPDATE: Doug gets in trouble for some late night tap dancing

UPDATE: For news of Doug's wedding

7 comments:

Nursedude said...

Looks like some MAJOR rebuilding for the AB's once this World Cup campaign is done. IF I'm a Munster fan, I'm dancing an Irish jig at this news.

Anonymous said...

such sad news who will i idolise now! felt sure he would end up in italy part time modelling. guess its the luck of the irish!
Jane

Anonymous said...

Lucky Munster - definitely the luck of the Irish! Let's hope he gets plenty of game time, so we see him scoring the last few tries he needs to take him over Christian Cullen's record tally for ABs before he goes...
Kriskat

Ferdy said...

I'm sure he will Kriskat. I'm sure he will....

Munster65 said...

lets wait and see , we got christian cullen as well , and that didnt turn out so well ,,, christian was a lovely guy ,, and ran amazing lines , but got loads of injuries during his time here , hope it all goes well for doug.

munsterfan8962 said...

Got to see him play in Thomond park agains Wasps in the Heineken Cup, the weather was awful but it didn't seem to bother him too much...some tackler

munsterfan8962 said...

Got to see him play in Thomond park agains Wasps in the Heineken Cup, the weather was awful but it didn't seem to bother him too much...some tackler