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Howley in charge of Wales with Gatland on Lions duty

Rob Howley will be in charge of Wales as Warren Gatland heads off on Lions duty. Credit: PA

Rob Howley has been named as Wales head coach while Warren Gatland concentrates on his New Zealand tour role with the British and Irish Lions for the next 10 months.

Howley, a long-term Wales assistant coach under Gatland, will take up the role and have what the Welsh Rugby Union announced as "full responsibility" for the senior team with immediate effect. The season features four autumn Tests and a Six Nations campaign.

It is a reprise of the 2012-13 season when Gatland headed up the Lions tour of Australia. Under Howley, Wales lost all of their autumn games that campaign, but recovered impressively to win the Six Nations title.

Lions boss Gatland has been seconded from his WRU role until after the New Zealand tour ends next July.


Wales: Defeated on the pitch, but not deflated

  • ITV News report by Emma Murphy

They may have been defeated on the pitch, but the Welsh football team arrived back today to find a country united behind them, in high spirits.

Fans took to the streets of Cardiff to wait for their heroes to return - the team that is arguably the greatest Welsh team in any sport.

Welsh team mimic Icelandic battle cry outside stadium

The Welsh football team has completed their open top bus tour and arrived at Cardiff City Stadium, ahead of a celebratory concert to welcome them home after being knocked out of the Euros.

Once the players reached the stadium, led by Gareth Bale, they mimicked the now-infamous 'battle cry' that Iceland's football players became renowned for during the championship.

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