The reaction to the revelation that Rob Howley has returned to Wales from Japan has not been as negative as some may have expected. 

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Howley was sent home on Monday after being embroiled in allegations of breaking gambling guidelines and is set to be replaced by former flyhalf Stephen Jones. 

Losing a coach that has been part of Warren Gatland’s set-up for 11 years less than a week before a World Cup where Wales have their best ever chance of winning looks nothing short of a catastrophe. 

However, there are many fans looking at this positively and seeing the funny side in the situation. Jones was set to join the coaching staff after the World Cup as part of Wayne Pivac’s new staff and many fans see him as an improvement. 

Former British and Irish Lion Howley did not help Wales earn a reputation of being the most attacking of teams. In the 2019 Six Nations, Wales scored the fewest tries in the championship – tied with Italy – despite winning the Grand Slam. Their strength lies in their defence and the influence that Shaun Edwards has. 

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Therefore, the whole situation has been treated by some with a sense of humour on social media where it was suggested it won’t take long for Jones to take over from Howley. 

Despite their success, Wales’ blunt attack has received some criticism in the past from other countries, and Wales fans are joining in now that Howley has gone. This has been the reaction: 

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An overwhelming number of fans on Twitter are taking positives out of this move, highlighting the success that Jones has had with the Scarlets backline, many of whom are playing for Wales. 

Then again, there are those that are suggesting that it is ridiculous to think that Jones will be able to revolutionise an attack in a matter of days that has been led by one person for 11 years. 

Jones’ job will simply be to try and implement and continue what Howley has created. But in a situation as disastrous as this, sometimes the only thing to do is laugh. 

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