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Former All Black Doug Howlett in Cork hurling dugout
Last Updated: 17/02/19 1:02pm
Former Munster and All Blacks winger Doug Howlett was on the sideline for the Cork hurlers on Saturday night.
The Rebels picked up their first win of 2019 with a 1-20 to 0-20 victory over Clare at Páirc Uí Rinn.
Having come so close to reaching All-Ireland finals in 2017 and 2018, Cork are looking for an extra edge to bring to their game to get them over the line in 2019.
It appears that John Meyler has turned to the ex-rugby star for help in the backroom team. When asked after the game about whether Howlett has joined the set-up, Meyler gave little away, smiling and commenting, "he's a good lad".
Turning to a former professional rugby player is not unheard of in GAA, with former Munster and Ireland number eight Denis Leamy fulfilling the role of strength and conditioning coach for Tipperary in 2016 when the Premier won the All-Ireland.
Cork will be pleased to be back to winning ways, as they continue to build towards the summer, and their May 12 championship opener at home to Tipp.