Rob Howley, the former Wales assistant coach of the national rugby team was banned by The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU). He will be banned for 18 months (including 9 months of suspension) after being caught in breaching anti-corruption and betting regulations.
It turned out that Howley placed 363 bets involving 1163 rugby matches in a period between 2015 and 2019. The bookmakers held the accounts for him, all signed under his own name.
The worst part is that 24 of these 363 matches were placed on “connected events” that included the Welsh national team. He even betted on his own players scoring tries.
“Howley has withdrawn from his duties with Wales ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup as soon as the WRU became aware of a potential breach of regulations and an investigation was immediately launched. The suspension is backdated to the time of his initial withdrawal from the World Cup, on the 16th of September 2019, meaning Howley would be free to return to the game on or after 16th June 2020,” WRU said.
As WRU reports, it seems that Howley accepted the charges without objecting.
All of this came crashing down on Howley when an unnamed employee of Betway called Jeremy Rogers, integrity manager of WRU.
Howley himself stated:
“I’m putting my hands up. If I was being evasive, I wouldn’t have used my work mobile phone and email account.”
Despite him feeling remorse, it is no doubt that the punishment will still stay in place.