Former Wales & Lions Star Launches Stinging Attack On Rob Howley

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Former Wales and Lions sar Andy Powell has claimed Rob Howley’s man management skills are ‘very poor’ and insisted members of the Welsh coaching team are not up to the job.

The former back-row’s comments come in the wake of Wales’ narrow 33-30 win over Japan on Saturday, their latest in a string of poor performances. Wales avoided defeat by the narrowest of margins thanks to a drop goal in the final seconds of the game.

The Welsh media and fans have all blasted Wales for their shocking performance with Powell, who played under Howley and Warren Gatland in the first few years of their reign, echoing those views.

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“Rob Howley’s man management skills are very poor. We need to change the way we play and let our players be more creative.

“We had so much impact on the bench today and what did we do? Nothing. We’ve got too many people in that coaching team who are not up to it,” he wrote on Twitter.

Following the match, a clearly unhappy Howley said:

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“Japan were the better team and they deserved to win.

“It was a great drop by Sam Davies but throughout the game we fuelled their enthusiasm and energy. They came at us with the ball in hand, and we knew they would, and we couldn’t get out of our own half second half.

“Two offloads when we’ve had the ball have cost us 14 points. We were inaccurate playing from our own 22.

“And like I said to the players, whilst we come away with the win, it certainly felt like a loss.”

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