Howley’s rugby resume is as impressive as it is extensive, both as a player and coach.
As a player, Howley played professionally for Cardiff before joining Wasps, where he won two Premiership titles and the 2004 Heineken Cup. Born and raised in Bridgend, he made 59 appearances for his native Wales and was selected for two British and Irish Lions tours in 1997 and 2001.
As a coach, Howley has excelled at the highest levels of international rugby and worked alongside some of the top coaches in the world over the last two decades, including Sir Graham Henry, Steve Hansen, Sir Ian McGeechan and Warren Gatland. Howley began his coaching career as an assistant coach with Cardiff Blues, and then moved to the Wales National Team. He was a member of the Wales coaching staff for the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups, and on two occasions in 2012-13 and 2016-17 Howley became interim head coach of Wales, stepping in for Warren Gatland. He enjoyed tremendous success as a head coach, including winning the Six Nations Championship in 2013 with a last-game, championship-deciding victory over England. He also enjoyed wins against France, South Africa, and Ireland during his tenure. With the British and Irish Lions, Howley was attack coach during the 2009 tour of South Africa, the 2013 tour to Australia, and the 2017 tour to New Zealand.
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