Liam Williams ‘You just have to draw a line in the sand and move on’ – Gatland hails Wales’ reaction to Howley controversy

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Liam Williams Wales attack coach Stephen Jones (left) and head coach Warren Gatland before the 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool D match at City of Toyota Stadium, Japan. David Davies/PA Wire.
Wales attack coach Stephen Jones (left) and head coach Warren Gatland before the 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool D match at City of Toyota Stadium, Japan. David Davies/PA Wire.

Warren Gatland paid tribute to his Wales players after they saw off Georgia 43-19 in their first World Cup pool game following a week dominated by the departure of their attack coach Rob Howley from Japan.

Howley, who has been Gatland’s assistant since 2008, was sent home early last week after allegations of betting offences emerged. An investigation will take place after the World Cup but for now, the Grand Slam champions are concentrating on matters on the pitch, and Gatland was delighted with their opening effort.

Tries from Jonathan Davies, Justin Tipuric, Josh Adams and Liam Williams secured a bonus point before half-time before Tomos Williams and George North capped off the win.

Next up for Wales is a mouthwatering battle with Australia on Sunday, but for now, Gatland was happy that his players had moved on from the controversy surrounding Howley.

“You just have to draw a line in the sand and move on,” he said.

“You can’t change the past and what has happen

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