Rob Howley banned from rugby for 18 months after placing bets on Wales

Howley used WRU mobile and email to place online betsBan relates to 363 bets over 45 months – some on Wales teamAttack coach can return on 16 June with half of ban suspendedRob Howley, the former Wales and Lions attack coach, has been banned for 18 months, half of which is suspended, for breaching betting rules. An independent disciplinary panel found he had made 363 bets covering more than 1,000 matches, including a few involving Wales, for a period of 45 months from November 2015.The three-strong panel, which was chaired by a former High Court judge, Sir Wyn Williams, heard that Howley, who was sent home from Wales’s World Cup campaign in Japan after the Welsh Rugby Union received details of his betting activity, held accounts with three bookmakers and used his Welsh Rugby Union mobile phone and email address to place bets. Continue reading…