Forwards Coach, Wales Caretaker Coach 2012
Played 4, Won 1 Drawn 0 Lost 3*
*Figures relate to performance in charge of capped Wales international matches
Rob Howley was one of Warren Gatland's first backroom appointments after he became Wales' head coach, appointing Howley as Assistant Coach (Attack) on 14 January, 2008. He combined that job with his work as backs coach at Cardiff Blues until joining the national team on a full time basis in July, 2008.
The former scrum half won 59 caps for Wales, scoring 10 tries, and captained his country to 15 wins in 22 matches, including a run of 10 successive victories in 1999. Howley captained Wales in the Wales-hosted 1999 World Cup until he left the field injured against Australia in the dying minutes of the quarter-final. His final cap came against Scotland in April 2002.
Howley's numerous other honours include representation of Wales at Welsh Schools and U21 levels; Wales Students, Wales A and Wales B. He gained the distinction of Welsh Player of the Year in 1996 and 1997. Howley was part of two British & Irish Lions tours, in 1997 to South Africa, where he suffered a shoulder injury and missed the Tests, and 2001 to Australia. He was one of the tour captains in Australia and played in the first two Tests before sustaining a broken rib which ruled him out of the series decider.
He played for Bridgend, Cardiff and London Wasps, helping Wasps to win the Heineken Cup, European Challenge Cup and two English Premiership titles. However, a serious wrist injury forced him to cut his career short just months after his last minute try against Toulouse saw him lifting the Heineken Cup with Wasps in 2004 Final at Twickenham.
He was Assistant Coach with Bob Dwyer for the 2004 Barbarians against New Zealand in December 2004 and then really launched his coaching career as Cardiff Blues backs coach in June 2005. He also worked as the backs coach on the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 2009.
Following a double heel injury to Warren Gatland, Rob was named as Wales' caretaker coach for the fixture against the Barbarians and for the four-match tour of Australia during June 2012.