Rugby World Cup 2015: Lynn Howells signs new Romania deal

Romania have lost their opening two World Cup matches against tier one sides Ireland and France
Romania have lost their opening two World Cup matches against tier one sides Ireland and France
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Lynn Howells has agreed a two-year extension to continue as Romania coach.

The former Wales assistant coach joined the Oaks as a technical advisor in 2012, before taking over the reins when Hari Dumitras was sacked as head coach.

Romania have lost their opening two World Cup games against tier one powers France and Ireland, but face Canada on Tuesday before ending against Italy.

"I'm pleased for myself but I'm also pleased to take the Romanian team to the next level," said Howells.

"That's part of the legacy that I have to leave. If I have done my job I'm hoping that by the end of the second year we would have put in place a head coach to take the team to Japan [for the 2019 World Cup].

"If I can do that and then revert back to technical adviser that would probably be the right way to go for the development.

After defeats to France and Ireland, Howells' men cannot reach the quarter-finals but will be desperate to avoid a winless Pool D campaign.

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But Canada and Italy remain a tough proposition, although Howells is hopeful Romania can upset Canada at Leicester City Stadium on Tuesday to kick-start their tournament.

"The players have worked hard, and now it's time to go and produce a result and for the players to go out and play their best rugby," said Howells, 65, whose coaching experience includes Cardiff, Celtic Warriors, Leonessa and Edinburgh.

"The difficult thing for the players is at the moment the camp is very nervous. They want to go out and play and they want to get the game under way.

"It's about just calming everything down and just realising what we have to do and that's the biggest thing, not to worry too much about the game but worry about what you can fetch to the game."

Canada pushed Italy all the way but were unable to defeat the Azzurri, and Howells admitted Kieran Crowley's side will prove another tough challenge.

"The Canadian team will be the same as we have experienced; France and Ireland certainly tried to get the ball as wide as they could against us and I don't expect anything different from Canada," said Howells.

"We've seen the way Canada play is a high-intensity game being played wide.

"They don't want to go to the scrum because that's something they try to get away from very quickly and they try and stay away from a big driving game.

"We have to try to play the way Romania wants to play, not the way Canada wants to play."

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