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Assistant coach says Wales 'circling the wagons' after Rob Howley affair

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Robin McBryde says there has been a feel of Wales "circling the wagons" following the Rob Howley affair.

McBryde's fellow Wales assistant coach Howley was sent home from the World Cup earlier this week for an alleged breach of World Rugby's betting regulations.

Along with McBryde, he has been a member of head coach Warren Gatland's staff for several years. McBryde and Howley are also former Wales team-mates.

The intensity of our training yesterday was the best it has ever been. There was a little bit of a feeling of circling the wagons and not allow anything to affect the environment. It's tough. We have been together for a long time.

It's unfortunate that he (Howley) has to go through this. He's been a great servant. He's a good man and a good friend. It's sad to see someone have to go through it.

We definitely can't wait to get going (against Georgia on Monday). We need to start talking about rugby again. The sooner this first game starts... once it (the World Cup) does kick off tomorrow night, then there is a full weekend of rugby.

That will get the ball rolling, and then the days and weeks will pass by.

– Robin McBryde, Wales Assistant Coach