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Welsh Rugby Coach Sent Home from World Cup for Betting Violations

by Glenn Baird - September 18, 2019

It was announced yesterday that Welsh rugby coach, Rob Howley has been sent home from Japan, just a few days before the kick-off of the Rugby World Cup. It is alleged that Howley has breached World Rugby legislation surrounding betting and anti-corruption.

This will come as a huge blow for the Welsh who are currently 5th favourites to lift the trophy.

Howley, a former captain for the Welsh national team has been assistant coach to Warren Gatland on two separate occasions and is seen by many as an integral part of team’s coaching set-up.

A spokesperson for the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) made the following announcement:

“Rob Howley has returned to Wales to assist with an investigation in relation to a potential breach of World Rugby Regulation 6, specifically betting on rugby union.

“The decision was taken to act immediately in light of recent information passed to the WRU. No further details can be provided at this stage as this would prejudice the investigation.

“If required an independent panel will be appointed to hear the case. Rob has co-operated fully with our initial discussions.

“Warren Gatland has consulted with senior players and Stephen Jones will be arriving in Japan imminently to link up with the squad as attack coach.”

It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows anything about rugby union that the red-hot favourites for the tournament are New Zealand. The Kiwis are the current holders of the Webb Ellis trophy, having won the last two Rugby World Cups.

Only 3 other nations: South Africa, Australia and England have ever lifted the trophy, and can, along with the Irish and the Welsh be considered in amongst the favourites to do so again.

Whether or not this announcement has any effect on the Welsh team should be made clear on Monday when they take on Georgia in their opening match of the campaign, a match that they will be expecting to win comfortably.

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