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Wales are concerned for Rob Howley's welfare after the attack coach was sensationally sent home from Japan alleged to have flaunted betting regulations.

The 48-year-old arrived home on Tuesday and has been replaced by Stephen Jones - who will succeed Howley in Wayne Pivac's Wales set-up next year.

Howley's departure sent a shock-wave through the World Cup this week, leaving Wales in 'purgatory' according to Welsh captain Alun Wyn Jones. 

Rob Howley was sent home from the Rugby World Cup after allegedly flouting betting rules

Rob Howley was sent home from the Rugby World Cup after allegedly flouting betting rules

Wales are concerned for his welfare, but Warren Gatland says staff are in contact with him

Wales are concerned for his welfare, but Warren Gatland says staff are in contact with him

The skipper thinks that Wales are prepared for a week of adversity though, referencing the week during the Six Nations when rumours abounded that the Scarlets and Ospreys regions would merge.

'In a way you look back and that Scotland week was almost like a trial run wasn't it?' said the skipper who plays in his 129th cap this weekend to equal the national record set by Gethin Jenkins.

'Dan Biggar and Jon Davies have stood up in particular leading the backline in that, you know, purgatory time if you want before Steve come out.

'To a man, the squad have taken on the responsibility, picked up their own individual details for the training performance to set us up for Monday.' While keen to move on from the Howley saga, Gatland hope Howley does not find himself in a hole.

'A number of players and staff have reached out to Rob,' said the boss.

'The biggest thing we can do is offer him as much support as we can.

Gatland praised the likes of Dan Biggar and Jon Davies in stepping up to lead the back line

Gatland praised the likes of Dan Biggar and Jon Davies in stepping up to lead the back line

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