Rugby World Cup 2019: Gatland shocked as Howley sent home

Rugby World Cup 2019: Gatland shocked as Howley sent home

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Warren Gatland, alongside WRU chief executive Martyn Phillps, says Rob Howley’s departure left him shocked
World Cup – Pool D: Wales v Georgia
Venue:City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota CityDate:Monday, 23 SeptemberKick-off:11:15 BST
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Wales boss Warren Gatland was “shocked” when backs coach Rob Howley was sent home from the World Cup for an alleged betting breach.

However, he believes the setback will not derail the team in Japan.

Howley’s departure came just six days before Wales’ opening game against Pool D opponents Georgia.

Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Martyn Phillips confirmed there would be an investigation.

“You have to deal with adversity at times, and it’s how you respond and react to that,” said Gatland.

“We were shocked. The Union are dealing with this, and my focus has to be on the next five days in terms of preparing the squad for the first game against Georgia.

“I must say that the players in the last 24 hours have really stepped up and they have been incredibly responsible and resilient, and sometimes that brings teams closer together.

“At the moment, these are allegations. Obviously, Rob was devastated by the allegations. That’s all I can say.”

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