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THE WELSH RUGBY Union have revealed they were first made aware of Rob Howley’s alleged breach of World Rugby’s betting regulations last Wednesday following contact from one of the gambling industry’s integrity teams.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland has admitted the bombshell news of the betting scandal surrounding Howley and his World Cup departure has sent shockwaves through his team.
The 48-year-old assistant coach left Wales’ World Cup camp on Monday and will be investigated over a possible breach of World Rugby’s regulation six which covers anti corruption and betting.
It emerged this morning that the WRU have known of the controversy for a week and the governing body have now placed a detailed support network around a “devastated” Howley following his return to Wales on Tuesday.
Speaking from Wales’ World Cup base in Kitakyushu this morning, WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips said:
“We were contacted informally on Wednesday of last week to suggest there was a potential breach of regulation six. It came from one of the betting company’s integrity teams.
“We were then contacted formally with further information on Friday evening and at that point we informed World Rugby there was a potential breach and we would be seeking face-to-face time with Rob. We reached the decision on Saturday that we were best-placed to come out to Japan.
“That triggered the formal process we’re now in and it will carry on back in Wales. It is a serious allegation about Rob. He’s our employee and we have a duty of care to him. I
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