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Howley Proud Of Wales Call

Rob HowleyRob Howley says he is "immensely proud" to have been given the chance to take charge of Wales while head coach Warren Gatland recovers from his foot injuries.

The former Wales international, who has been Gatland's right-hand man, has been named as the country's caretaker head coach for the summer international against the Barbarians and the Tests in Australia to cover for the Wales boss as he recovers from injuries he sustained in a fall at home in New Zealand recently.

Gatland is expected back in the role at some point in the autumn but, after taking medical advice, he will be away from first-team affairs for several months as he concentrates on recovering from surgery.

Howley, who won 59 caps for Wales as a player and also captained his country on 22 occasions, was always favourite in the sport betting to take the role.

He admits he is relishing the chance to take charge, albeit in surprising and unfortunate circumstances.

Talking about his new appointment, Howley said: "I will give 100% of my effort to ensuring we are fully prepared to meet the challenges and take the great opportunities which lie ahead in this summer series."

"We will be working to secure victory against the Barbarians after the defeat we suffered last year and the Tests in Australia are an opportunity for us to deliver a win in the southern hemisphere."

"Along with the rest of the coaching team I am immensely proud to have been offered this opportunity and we will give our all until Warren is ready to take full control again."

Wales will be looking to build on their impressive run of live scores, that has seen them reach the World Cup semi-final and lift the Six Nations. They face the Barbarians on June 2 in Cardiff before they set off for a three-Test series in Australia, beginning with a clash in Brisbane on June 9.

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