Wales Rugby attack coach Rob Howley has been sent home from the World Cup in Japan after it was alleged he broke betting rules set out by World Rugby.
Howley a former scrum half with the Wales and former captain attended the squads open training session on Monday in Kitakyushu but he wasn’t in attendance at the capping ceremony later in the day. In a statement the Welsh rugby union released on Tuesday it stated the news that Howley had return home to assist in an investigation in relation to a potential breach of World Rugby regulation 6, which relates to betting on rugby union.
The statement said further, the decision to send home Howley was ” to act immediately in light of recent information passed to WRU”. The WRU announced that Stephen Jones had been drafted in to attacking coach, a role he was due to take up after the World Cup anyway.
Howley had an excellent career in the red of Wales as a player and coach. He won 59 caps as a players, 22 of those which he was captain. He also helped English side the Wasps to a Heineken Cup title in 2004. He played on two Lions tours in 1997 and 2001. He has been on the management team for the last for the last three lions tours.
It is a massive blow to Wales’ World Cup hopes but in fairness the matter was probably dealt with in the correct manner giving the serious allegation.
Wales open their World Cup against Georgia on Monday.