Wales assistant coach Rob Howley has been sent home from the Rugby World Cup for a “potential breach” of betting guidelines, the Welsh Rugby Union has stated.
Howley left the workforce’s base in Kitakyushu, Japan, to “assist with an investigation in relation to a potential breach of World Rugby regulation 6, specifically betting on rugby union”, the WRU stated in an announcement.
“The determination was taken to behave instantly in gentle of latest data handed to the WRU.
“No additional particulars might be supplied at this stage as this might prejudice the investigation. If required, an impartial panel can be appointed to listen to the case.
“Rob has co-operated absolutely with our preliminary discussions and we might ask that the media admire it is a troublesome and private matter for Rob and that his privateness is revered earlier than an end result is reached.
“[Head coach] 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.”
Players, coaches and officers in any respect ranges within the sport are prohibited from betting on any rugby fixtures.
The 48-year-old former Wales captain has been a part of Gatland’s teaching workforce since 2008.
The information comes simply six days forward of his nation’s opening match in opposition to Georgia.
Howley can be changed by former fly-half Stephen Jones, who was set to take over Howley’s job in 2020.
Howley has been named in information studies as a potential successor to Conor O’Shea as Italy head coach after the World Cup.