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Report: Munster Set To Lose Another Backroom Staff Member As Upheaval Continues

Report: Munster Set To Lose Another Backroom Staff Member As Upheaval Continues
By Maurice Brosnan

Munster look set to lose another backroom team member after it emerged that former player turned commercial director Doug Howlett will leave the province this summer.

Per the Sunday Times, the New Zealander is set to return home with family. It comes after the province already confirmed Felix Jones and Jerry Flannery will also depart at the end of the season. Strength and conditioning coach PJ Wilson has also been linked with a move to Bath.

Howlett has worked as a Corporate Ambassador since December 2013. The former winger won the Heineken Cup with the province in 2008.

Munster's season ended in a disappointing semi-final defeat to Leinster in the RDS on Saturday. Speaking after the match, Johann Van Graan vowed: "we will come back stronger next year. Firstly we need to review this game this week. Effort and attitude I can't fault, they gave it all out there. Unfortunately, we got beat by a better team on the day."

The province have been linked to numerous attack coaches but with a World Cup on the horizon, there is a possibility that an appointment will not be immediate.

There are issues beyond coaching and backroom staff. Earlier this month, former player Donncha O'Callaghan explained on Eir Sport that the squad also need to take responsibility.

I know an awful amount of time and talk around Munster at the moment has been on the attack and attack coach but this is player responsibility. Player's stepping up and saying 'I'm bossing this.' Between Tyler (Bleyendaal) and Coner (Murray), or Rory (Scannell) when he steps in there. To have a more consistent attack shape. At the moment it is sporadic, down to what Rory thinks is on as opposed to what is right for the team.

It's up to players! Don't be looking to coaching boxes or anything around you. You've brilliant players around you, take advantage of it.

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