Shane Howarth joined the London Wasps coaching team ahead of the 2012/13 season as Backs Coach.
Howarth arrived at the club with strong coaching credentials, which include roles as Head Coach with Auckland NPC, an assistant Super 14 coach with Auckland Blues and as an Assistant Coach of New Zealand Maori, as well as coaching the Pacific Islanders. He also has experience coaching in the international Sevens environment with Papua new Guinea.
As a player, he represented the All Blacks, New Zealand Maori, Auckland, Sale and Newport while under the International Rugby Board rules of the time he also went on to play for Wales making his debut against South Africa in 1998 and playing 19 times.
He ended his playing career with Newport in 2003 before returning to begin his coaching career in New Zealand.