Wales Rugby coach Rob Howley has been called back amidst allegations of violating the betting guidelines and gambling rules.
Rob Howley is also a former captain of the team. He was spotted during the team’s open training session in Kitakyushu on Monday. However, he wasn’t there to attend the capping ceremony held later yesterday.
In a statement to the press, released Tuesday afternoon, Wales Rugby Union confirmed that the former Wales captain and coach has been sent back home.
The statement said that the decision to send Howley back home was taken in order “to assist with an investigation in relation to a potential breach of World Rugby regulation 6, specifically betting on rugby union.”
In its statement, Wales Rugby Union also said that the decision to send Howley back home was taken “to act immediately in light of recent information passed to the WRU.”
Stephen Jones has been drafted in to replace Howley.
Howley has captained Wales on 22 occasions. He has also won 59 caps for Wales in his career.
Wales is scheduled to take on Georgia in their opening match in the world cup, this coming Monday.