An Evening With Doug Howlett

An Evening With Doug Howlett

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An Evening With Doug Howlett

An Evening With Doug Howlett

It’s no secret that we LOVE rugby at McGettigan’s so we’re delighted to welcome the All Blacks record try scorer & ex Munster player Doug Howlett on Wednesday 20th December for a Q&A.


Tickets are AED150 on sale at McGettigan’s JLT
Doors 6PM / Q&A 7PM
Happy Hour 12-8pm

Most remember Doug Howlett as the Blues winger who could zip down the side of the paddock and knock off a one-two number with his brother-in-arms Carlos Spencer. He left New Zealand in 2008 while still at the top of his game and devoted five years to Irish club Munster, before a shoulder injury led to his retirement. Yet this rugby legend has continued to make his career from the sport.

Blessed with blistering pace, Howlett was a star sprinter in his youth, once clocking 10.68s for the 100m. Unsurprisingly, his incredible speed served him well in his other great love, rugby, and he represented New Zealand at underage level before really announcing himself as a prodigious talent by scoring a hat-trick on his Super 12 debut, for the Highlanders, aged just 18.

He made the switch to the Blues two years later and went on to score 59 tries for the Auckland outfit, which remains a Super Rugby record, and played a key role in the side’s Super 12 success
in 2003.

Howlett made his first appearance for the All Blacks in 2000, against Tonga, and helped himself to two tries, the first of which arrived just over 20 seconds after his arrival on the field. He represented New Zealand in the 2003 and 2007 World Cups, with his try against Scotland in the latter tournament him resulting him in taking sole possession of his country’s all-time try scoring record from Christian Cullen.

He joined Munster at the start of 2008 and became an instant cult hero with the Red Army and less than five months after his arrival in the Irish province he had a Heineken Cup winners’ medal to go with his Super 12 medal. Howlett continued to excel in the northern hemisphere with Munster and he helped the province to Magners League glory the following year.

In light of his exceptional form, speculation mounted that Howlett would return to New Zealand in 2010 in a bid to force his way into the All Blacks’ World Cup squad. However, he ultimately decided to sign a new deal with Munster, thus ensuring he would end his playing days as a legend in both hemispheres.

Come the 2012-13 campaign, Howlett was named Munster’s skipper for the campaign – he was just the second overseas player to be handed the honour. Following another impressive season, where he cemented himself as Munster’s record scorer, he announced he would retire at the end of the season after failing to overcome a shoulder injury.