More On The Incredible Story That Rob Howley Has Been Sent Home From The World Cup

Sent home.

The Welsh Rugby Union have released an official statement following the incredible news that Rob Howley has been sent home from the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The Wales coach has returned home to “assist” with an investigation in relation to him potentially breaching World Rugby regulation 6, specifically betting on rugby union.

WRU bosses have revealed they acted immediately in light of “recent information” and have confirmed Stephen Jones will fly to Japan to link up with Wales as their new attack coach.

“The WRU can confirm that 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.” a statement read.

“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 and we would ask that the media appreciate this is a difficult and personal matter for Rob and that his privacy is respected before an outcome is reached.

“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.”

For more on the betting rules in rugby check out this great piece by WalesOnline.

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