Howley back in rugby with Canada after serving betting ban

LANGFORD, British Columbia (AP) — After serving a nine-month ban for breaching betting rules, Robert Howley secured his return to rugby on Wednesday by signing as assistant coach for Canada’s national team.

Howley, the former Wales scrumhalf, was working as his country’s assistant coach at the Rugby World Cup in Japan last year when he was sent home after he was found to have made hundreds of bets on matches over a five-year period.

Some of them involved Wales matches and two of them included betting on players representing Wales scoring tries.

Howley received an 18-month ban from the Welsh Rugby Union, with nine months being suspended.

He is available to work once again and will be with Canada for the next three years as the team looks to qualify for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

Howley is regarded as one of the best coaches in the northern hemisphere, having been attack coach for the British and Irish Lions for its last three tours and with Wales at the 2011 and ’15 World Cups.

“His experience and expertise will benefit not only our young players but our entire coaching staff,” Canada head coach Kingsley Jones said of Howley, his fellow Welshman.

Howley will also work as a consultant for club side Toronto Arrows as part of the deal.

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