For­mer Wales rugby star How­ley back, with Canada

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - SPORTS - NEIL DAVID­SON THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Rob How­ley, a for­mer star scrum half for Wales and the Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lions whose coach­ing ca­reer was de­railed by a bet­ting scan­dal, has re­turned to rugby as se­nior as­sis­tant coach for the Cana­dian na­tional men’s team.

The for­mer Wales back coach was banned from the sport for 18 months — with nine months sus­pended — last De­cem­ber for bet­ting on matches, in­clud­ing Wales games. How­ley has signed a three- year con­tract with Rugby Canada, which takes him through the 2023 World Cup. As part of the deal, the 49-yearold will work with the Toronto Ar­rows as a con­sul­tant for the 2021 Ma­jor League Rugby sea­son.

“Rob is one of the most highly re­garded coaches in in­ter­na­tional rugby and I’m ec­static that he will be join­ing us at Rugby Canada,” Canada’s coach Kings­ley Jones, a for­mer Wales cap­tain, said in a state­ment Wed­nes­day.

Born in Brid­gend, How­ley won 59 caps for Wales and was se­lected for Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lions tours in 1997 and 2001. On the club level, he played for Cardiff be­fore join­ing Eng­land’s Wasps, where he won two Pre­mier­ship ti­tles and the 2004 Heineken Cup.

“I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted to be join­ing Rugby Canada and be­gin work­ing along­side Kings­ley Jones and the other Cana­dian coaches,” said How­ley.

Rob How­ley

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