Coach handed lengthy ban for betting offences

Former Wales assistant coach Rob Howley has been slapped with an 18-month ban by the Welsh Rugby Union for breaching betting rules during the World Cup.

Howley, was a Wales’ attack coach but was not part of the 2019 World Cup held in Japan after he was sent home when WRU were alerted to a possible breach of betting rules by a bookmaker.

The union then launched a three-month investigation and the disciplinary panel deemed Howley’s actions punishable by a lengthy ban. The ban, has however, been backdated and partly suspended, meaning that Howley will be available to coach again from 16 June 2020.

“After a thorough and detailed investigation by the WRU, Howley’s case was heard in Cardiff by an independent panel, chaired by Sir Wyn Williams,” the WRU said in a statement.

“The panel has submitted its decision, which has been shared with World Rugby.”

CARDIFF, WALES – AUGUST 31: Wales Rob Howley during the pre match warm up during the 2019 Under Armour Summer Series match between Wales and Ireland at Principality Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ian Cook – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The investigation found out that the coach had placed over 363 bets on 1163 in a period of 45 months since 2015. He also placed bets on the Wales team matches, a team he was coaching. including

The used his work place phone and email on the betting which he lost £4000. The players were unaware of what he was doing.

He will be seeing a psychologist to help him stop gambling.

World Rugby regulations state that players, agents, match officials, coaches and backroom staff, as well as owners and directors at the highest level, are banned from betting on any rugby match.

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