Having kicked off his rugby career at Abercrave RFC, who he helped to back to back Ospreys Cup titles as a schoolboy, Howells played regional age-grade rugby for the Ospreys before stepping up from the Under-18s to make his Premiership debut with Neath while still only 17.
He followed that up with his first taste of regional rugby in two LV= Cup clashes, against the Dragons and Harlequins just weeks later.
Within months he had captained Wales at Under-18 level and then become one of the youngest ever senior caps after making the starting side for the first summer test on the 2013 tour to Japan.
While he has found regional game time limited since then he has continued to catch the eye with Wales U20 and Neath.
The former YGG Ystalyfera pupil has signed a two-year deal, tying him to the Ospreys until at least summer 2018.
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