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Rob Howley now ‘the favourite’ to land Premiership job

Rob Howley has been linked to a possible return to rugby with Gloucester.

The former Wales coach is the early favourite to land the role when his ban for placing bets on more than 1,000 rugby matches over four years in breach of the game’s regulations finishes next month.

His suspension ends next month on June 16 and Gloucestershire Live report he could be in contention for the top job at Kingsholm.

There’s a vacancy at the Gallagher Premiership outfit, with Gloucester confirming on Friday that head coach Johan Ackermann was departing to take charge of Japanese club NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes.

Howley isn’t the only Welsh name linked with the job, with his former international team-mate Dai Young being mentioned having left Wasps earlier this year.

Johan Ackermann exit | 4 contenders to replace the South African at Gloucester

Here are four possible replacements for the South African:

1. Stuart Lancaster

Following England’s Rugby World Cup failure in 2015, Lancaster has begun to re-establish himself as a top coach since joining Leinster. 

There is no need for him to leave the Irish, where he is having a very enjoyable and successful stint, but increased responsibility at one of English rugby’s biggest clubs?

If Gloucester are willing to meet the compensation requirement to buy him out of his current contract, it must be a tempting proposition.