Former Wales assistant Howley reveals grief that sparked World Cup exile



  • Robert Howley was the assistant coach for Wales on the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
  • He was despatched dwelling from the event after it was discovered that he had breached betting rules.
  • Howley says his misdemeanours got here because of his grief following the demise of his sister.

Former Wales assistant coach Rob Howley has revealed grief over his sister’s demise sparked the playing spree that noticed him despatched dwelling from the World Cup.

Howley is nearing the tip of a nine-month ban from the game after he admitted breaching betting rules.

The 49-year-old’s long-term playing points have been uncovered when a betting firm bought in contact with the Welsh Rugby Union simply as Wales have been travelling to Japan for final 12 months’s World Cup.

Howley was despatched dwelling per week earlier than Wales’ opening World Cup match in September after it emerged he had positioned 363 bets on greater than 1,000 rugby matches from November 2015, dropping greater than four,000.

On two events he wager on Wales gamers to attain tries.

After a course of remedy, Howley believes the playing stemmed from the demise of his sister in 2011.

The previous British and Irish Lions worldwide had not paid his sister Karen his weekly go to within the days earlier than her demise and had agonised over his resolution to search out her a spot to dwell away from their mom as she battled with melancholy and alcoholism following a divorce.

“I blamed myself for her demise. If I would seen her on that Wednesday, would she nonetheless be alive?” Howley informed the Mail on Sunday.

“There was plenty of guilt, ought to haves, might haves. By placing her in that home, on her personal, I created an setting for her to kill herself. Her alcoholism went from dangerous to worse. My feeling was that I had pushed my sister to her personal grave.”

Howley trid to dam out the ordeal as he threw himself into his work with the Wales teaching employees.

However the grief got here again in November 2015 when he sorted out his sister’s property and found a lot of police and monetary points.

“It was by no means concerning the cash. By no means. It wasn’t addictive behaviour. It was about escaping. A way of forgetting concerning the dangerous issues and the expertise of my sister,” he stated.




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