Wales’ Rugby Coach Sent Home due to Alleged Betting Malpractices

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Wales’ nation rugby coach, Rob Howley, has been asked to vacate his role and head home from the Current Rugby world cup (2019) due to is alleged breach of rules, according to the Welsh Rugby Union.

The move to send the Coach home comes a week to Wales’ opening match against Georgia in the 2019 Rugby world cup.

In light of this latest development, an intervention is currently being sought, the WRU has said. Rob Howley, who is considered as the most likely person to head Warren Gatland (Coach), is cooperating with discussions and is likely to return to his role to assist with further investigations.

While no additional information has been provided on this matter, the WRU stated that, where necessary, an independent body would be chosen to conduct the investigation. Based on WRU regulation 6.3.1, no person can, indirectly or directly, place a bet and/or attempt to place a bet to predict the outcome of a connected activity and attempt or received the proceeds of such a bet.

The WRU regulations also stipulate that any sports figure who found or suspected of breaking this anti-corruption rule will face investigation by officers of the anti-corruption body and a provisional suspension will be in effect as investigation continues.

The consequence for an individual guilty of an offense related to betting will depend on the gravity of the offense itself. Taking part in prohibited betting activities will attract a warning if the individual involved did not wager, but the maximum penalty, in this case, is a five-year suspension.

Rob Howley boasts of 59 caps for the Welsh team and 2 for the Irish Lions in his previous roles before he became Wales’ assistant coach 12 years ago. He has served as caretaker head coach for Wales on two different occasions between June of 2012 and March of the following year. He has also served as the attack point man for Irish Lions from 2009 to 2013 and is expected to leave his current role after the conclusion of 2019 World Cup.

Stephen Jones will replace him, due to replace him anyway, in Japan until the conclusion of the tournament.


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