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'2013 will be fresh in a lot of these players' memories' - Doug Howlett

The All Blacks’ all-time leading try scorer told us about coming through the Auckland scene.


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WITH 49 TRIES in 62 caps, Doug Howlett is the all-time leading try scorer for the All Blacks, although Julian Savea is closing in on his record with a sensational 45 tries in 49 Test appearances.

Howlett, whose mother is Tongan, was born and brought up in Auckland, starring for Auckland Grammar School and coming through the same Marist club that helped to produce Pat Lam and John Kirwan.

The former wing, who played at the 2003 and 2007 World Cups, went on to have a successful spell with Munster, even earning the captaincy at the southern province. He still works with Munster as a commercial ambassador.

We caught up with Howlett to hear about his experiences of coming through the Auckland scene, playing for the All Blacks and his thoughts on Ireland’s upcoming clashes with the Kiwis – the first of which is now less than two weeks away.

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