Rugby World Cup 2019: World Rugby backs WRU over Rob Howley dismissal, Samoa tattoos and Irish lineout under spotlight

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World Rugby ‘supports’ Wales over handling of Howley scandal

World Rugby says it “fully supports” the Welsh Rugby Union’s “proactive approach” over the Rob Howley affair.

Howley was sent home from the World Cup in Japan for an alleged breach of World Rugby’s betting and anti-corruption regulations.

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The WRU said that Howley had “returned to Wales to assist with an investigation in relation to a potential breach of World Rugby regulation 6, specifically betting on rugby union”.

“World Rugby has been informed by the Welsh Rugby Union of a potential breach of World Rugby Regulation 6 (specifically betting on rugby) by a member of the union’s RWC 2019 coaching team,” the governing body said. “World Rugby fully supports the WRU’s proactive approach to this matter and can confirm that the union is keeping us informed of their initial discussions.” 

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Samoa’s tattooed rugby players to cover up tattoos in Japan 

Samoan rugby players will wear skin suits to cover their traditional tattoos during some training sessions at the World Cup in order not to offend their Japanese hosts. 

Samoa captain Jack Lam said team officials consulted an expert on Japanese culture to make sure tattooed players avoided any cultural issues. Tattoos are often associated with organized crime in Japan, and people with tattoos are often banned at some bath houses and swimming pools. 

“We had someone coming in and giving us a heads-up about what we could expect in Japan,” Lam said. “There’s a lot of similarities in our cultures but w

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