TOKYO – Rugby chiefs have backed the swift action of the Wales Rugby Union in sending home attack coach Rob Howley four days before the start of the World Cup over a possible breach of rules governing gambling.
The WRU dropped the bombshell late on Tuesday in a statement which said Howley had returned to Wales to assist with an investigation into a potential breach of the regulation that prevents those involved in the game from gambling on matches.
“World Rugby fully supports the WRU's proactive approach to this matter and can confirm that the union is keeping us informed of their initial discussions,” the governing body said in a statement on Wednesday.
“It would be inappropriate to comment further on an open and evolving process.”
The departure of the 48-year-old former test scrumhalf will be a hammer blow to the Six Nations champions, who were recently ranked number one in the world and have high hopes of reaching a maiden World Cup final in Japan.