Former Wales Coach Rob Howley Handed Lengthy Suspension Following Betting Scandal


Former Wales coach Rob Howley has been handed an 18-month suspension from rugby for betting offences that saw him sent home from the Rugby World Cup in Japan before the tournament had started.

Following a three-month investigation, Howley has been banned from all involvement in the game after breaching World Rugby Anti-Corruption and Betting Regulations.

Nine months of Howley’s punishment are suspended and it is backdated to the time of his initial withdrawal from the World Cup, on the 16th September 2019 – meaning he is free to return to the game on 16 June 2020.

A Welsh Rugby Union statement confirmed on Monday:

“After a thorough and detailed investigation by the Welsh Rugby Union, Howley’s case was heard in Cardiff by an independent panel, chaired by Sir Wyn Williams. The panel has submitted its decision, which has been shared with World Rugby.

“The decision, which has been published in full, comprehensively covers the charges and mitigating features considered by the panel.

“As such, no further comment will be made by the WRU or Rob Howley on this subject at this time and media are requested to please respect his privacy and that of his family with this in mind.”