Rob Howley Receives 18-month suspension For Betting Violations

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) imposed an 18-month suspension on former Wales Rugby coach Rob Howley after finding himself in breach of World Rugby Anti-Corruption and Betting Regulations–known as Regulation 6.

Six days before Wales’ opening pool victory over Pool D rivals Georgia, Howley was sent home from the Rugby World Cup after details of the betting violations came to light. He was later replaced by Stephen Jones, as his inquiry was carried out by the WRU.

The ban was backdated to his original World Cup withdrawal on September 16, 2019, which means that Howley would be able to return to the game on or after June 16, 2020.

In a statement, the WRU explained: “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.”

The former scrum-half of Wales has admitted placing 363 bets with a number of bookmakers involving more than 1,000 games, including several matches involving the Welsh team.

Howley also admitted making two bets on the Welsh side of individual players. One bet related to whether at any point during a game the named player would score a try and the other where the named player would score the opening try.

An independent panel led by Sir Wyn Williams found the two players were unaware of Howley’s bets.