Wales centre Jonathan Davies insists it was the right call to bring in Stephen Jones to replace Rob Howley at the World Cup. Assistant coach Howley is now back home following an alleged breach of World Rugby’s betting and anti-corruption regulations, and he faces a detailed investigation. With Howley gone from the camp, 104-times capped former Wales fly-half Jones will link up with the squad as attack coach in Toyota City on Thursday.
The Welsh Rugby Union knew a week ago they had a problem with alleged betting from inside the Wales camp. As the shock waves from the departure of Rob Howley was extending throughout the World Cup in Japan - which begins on Friday - his employers have tried to give an explanation of why the events moved from home to the eve of the tournament itself on the other side of the world. The governing body have revealed they were first made aware of the Wales backs coach's suspected breach of World Rugby’s betting regulations last Wednesday following contact from one of the gambling industry’s integrity teams.
Seb Morris hopes to stay with the JRM team in the British GT Championship next season, after finishing seventh in the drivers’ standings after an encouraging first year in the team’s Bentley Continental GT3. “JRM put together a brand new team for this year and they’ve done a superb job, I’m looking forward to hopefully being back with them next year – if they want me,” said Morris. It’s not been the easiest of seasons for the Wrexham-born driver, who endured more misfortune during the final British GT round at Donington Park last weekend. Running 60kg of ballast and less turbo boost, the unfavourable Balance of Performance (BOP) restrains ensured that the JRM Bentley of Morris and team-mate Rick Parfitt Jnr was the slowest GT3 car through the speed traps and consistently slower down on the competition along the straights.
Wales’ World Cup plans have been thrown into turmoil after Rob Howley was sent home from Japan. Former Wales captain and scrum-half Howley left Wales’s training camp on Monday following an alleged breach of World Rugby’s regulation six which covers anti-corruption and betting. Howley is understood to have been betting on matches, and has been provisionally suspended from all rugby matter matters until a disciplinary hearing - essentially ruling him out from any participation in the World Cup.
The World Cup starts next week and after another Grand Slam season optimism is in the air across the nation. But, wait . . . here’s our brooding columnist Robin Davey – the Prince of Pessimism – to find plenty of dark clouds on the horizon. Wales have landed in... Read More
The dress rehearsals ahead of the World Cup are primed and Robin Davey says a Wales squad with 14 wins behind them should want to keep the habit - even if it means some chopping and changing. It’s World Cup warm-up time and though the matches may be friendlies before... Read More
A British League for rugby union’s top teams has been discussed many times over the years – going back to the early days of professionalism in the 1990s. The fact that it’s back on some people’s agenda doesn’t surprise Robin Davey. But a rapid turning of idea into reality certainly... Read More
As players go back into regional pre-season training this month, they will be hearing plenty of different accents – Aussie, Kiwi, Ulsterman, English . . . but just not Welsh. Robin Davey wonders why it’s so deeply unfashionable to have learned your coaching trade in the nation that has just... Read More
The four Welsh regions should all be given equal slices of the cake, argues Robin Davey – regardless of history, success on the field, or anything else that has gone before. The only exception to this, he says, is when it comes to keeping the Wales captain, Alun Wyn Jones,... Read More
The Guinness Pro 14 has been re-shuffled with the two conferences re-drawn – theoretically to keep them evenly-balanced. Robin Davey believes it makes life tough for the Ospreys and Dragons next season, but that all the Welsh regions will need to hope their youngsters come of age. The World Cup... Read More