Former Wales assistant coach Rob Howley has been handed an 18-month ban for breaching World Rugby’s anti-corruption and betting regulations.
The sanction, nine months of which is suspended for two years, was announced by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) on Monday following a three-month investigation.
Howley was withdrawn from Wales duty when the WRU learned of a potential breach in the build-up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
The ban has consequently been backdated to September 16, meaning he will be eligible to return to the sport on June 16, 2020.
An independent disciplinary panel found that Howley placed 363 bets between November 2015 and September 2019, some of which were on Wales games during his time with the team.
Howley used a mobile phone and email address supplied by the WRU to place bets that resulted in losses of approximately £4,000.
During a hearing in Cardiff last week, Howley stated he had not gambled since being stood down and was seeing a psychologist to stop betting.
The 49-year-old can lodge an appeal but must notify the WRU within 14 days of his receipt of the decision.
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