Howley set to continue in Wales role
July 22, 2012
Wales look set to be coached by Rob Howley (l) in the 2013 Six Nations © Getty Images
Interim Wales coach Rob Howley has revealed that he is set to lead the nation once again come the autumn internationals and then the 2013 Six Nations.
Current boss Warren Gatland is pencilled in to lead the British & Irish Lions on their tour of Australia in 2013 and is likely to miss the Six Nations and part of the 2012 November Tests while he is scouting for players ahead of the trip Down Under. Howley took the reins during the June Tests in Australia following Gatland's horror fall and the former Wasps scrum-half is relishing taking on the role once again.
Howley's team fell 3-0 in Australia but this has not dissuaded him from contemplating a future role in a head coach position. "It was my first opportunity to be head coach and I really enjoyed it. It certainly hasn't put me off," Howley told Wales Online. "I wouldn't mind continuing in that role in the autumn and then the Six Nations.
"I'm working on the basis that I will be in charge for the Argentina and Samoa Tests in November. Then Warren comes back for New Zealand and Australia.
"England play the Wallabies on the weekend of our Samoan game and Warren will be able to watch that, which will be great for us in terms of our preparation for taking on Australia. Then the plan is I will be in charge again through the Six Nations.
"Hopefully next season will be a chance for me to get some wins under my belt as Wales coach. I'm very competitive and I want to win.
"Ultimately international rugby is about results. Any head coach will tell you that. That's where you will be judged and I'm not hiding away from the 3-0 whitewash in Australia. The challenge now is to learn the lessons from that and put those lessons into practice come the autumn."
In related news, Wales appear to have won their battle to stage their 2015 Rugby World Cup matches at their Millennium Stadium home. The Rugby Paper reports that Ireland had originally questioned the decision citing Wales getting a 'competitive advantage'. However, the IRB have since deemed that there are no "objections to matches being played in Wales".
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