Rob Howley Signs 3-Yr Deal With Rugby Canada
Former Wales and British Lions attack coach Rob Howley, the man late last year slapped with an 18 months-long fine (half of which was suspended), for breaching rugby’s betting and gambling rules, has signed a three-year assistant coaching deal with the Canucks (Calgary Rugby Union). Not only will Howley act as assistant coach to Kingsley Jones, but he will also work as a consultant for the Toronto Arrows for the duration of the 2021 Major League Rugby season.
An independent sports integrity disciplinary panel during last year’s Japan World Cup found Howley guilty of having over a 45-month period starting November 2015, bet on more than 1,000 matches, including a few games involving his Wales team. Chaired at the time by former High Court Judge Sir Wyn Williams, the disciplinary panel heard how the former Wales coach had held accounts with at least three major bookmakers and had utilised his World Rugby Union-issued mobile phone and WRU email address to make bets.
World Rugby eventually opened a formal investigation into Howley after Betway, with whom Howley had held an account, made contact with the WRU’s integrity manager, Jeremy Rogers, and informed him that the Wales coach had been betting on matches involving national rugby teams playing for Wales.
First Jobs Since Suspension
The jobs with the Canucks and Arrows are Howley’s first since he started serving his part-suspended 18-months ban.
Of his new roles, Howley said he’s thrilled to get to join Ruby Canada – and in particular to start working alongside Jones and the other Canadian coaches. Describing his appointment by a professional Canadian domestic club as a “tremendous” opportunity to help develop and support the national team, Howley said the positions he will now be serving are not unlike the responsibilities he fulfilled while previously coaching rugby in Wales.
Jones Has High Regard For Howley
Canucks boss Kingsley Jones has in the meantime welcomed Howley to Rugby Canada, saying that the new appointee is one of the most highly regarded coaches in international rugby, and furthermore, a man he’s personally known and held in high esteem for a very long time.
The former Wales and Lions coach joining Rugby Canada’s program will according to Jones greatly benefit young players as well as fellow coaching staff. Appointing Rob Howley, said Jones, is a massive leap forward for Canadian Rugby.
Howley’s 2019 suspension is the only blemish on a career that resulted in 59 Wales caps and appearances in a pair of Lions Tours.