Following on from the will he, wont he saga surrounding former Rugby League star Shaun Edwards who is currently part of the coaching team with the Welsh RFU side and had agreed to team up with his old club Wigan Warriors as their head coach next season.
It has been annouced he will now leave the Welsh set up at the end of his contract after this year’s world cup in Japan.
Edwards had been thought to be sticking with the Wales side after turning his back on Wigan, having been offered a new contract however it has since come to light that he had decided it is time to move on!
Speaking to the BBC Edwards said;
“After more than 10 years with Wales this has been an incredibly difficult decision to reach but I won't be renewing my contract,” Edwards said.
“I would like to thank Warren [Gatland, Wales head coach] and the WRU [Welsh Rugby Union] for the opportunity I have had working with the national team.
“We have won four Six Nations titles during my time with Wales, but I sincerely hope and believe that the best days are yet to come and I am fully focused on seeing what we can achieve in Japan.”
After making his name as one of Rugby League modern day great’s and being part of the Wigan team that dominated Rugby League at club level world wide, the half back went into coaching rugby union at the end of his playing career. Since then he has been grown in stature starting out at Wasps before joining the Wales coaching team back in 2008.
Since then he has helped them win four six nations titles, three of which have been grand Slams. Speaking about Edward’s contribution to the growth of Welsh rugby on the world stage Head coach Warren Gartland who will also step down following this year’s World Cup, praised the departing defence coach saying
“Shaun has been an important part of the Wales set up over the past 11 years for what has been a hugely rewarding time for Welsh rugby,” Gatland said.
“It is pleasing that we can draw a line under the speculation regarding Shaun's future with this announcement and we can look forward to preparing the squad for the RWC and the tournament itself in Japan later this year.”
The same high praise has come from Gartland’s successor, current Scarlet’s head coach Wayne Pivac who will take over the reign’s once the World cup is over.
“Shaun has a great history with Wales and has been part of a coaching team that has been very successful,” Pivac said.
“When Shaun's availability post-RWC recently became apparent we worked with him to offer him a new contract which he was happy with and for him to be part of the new-look coaching team going forward.
“Shaun has decided not to take that contract, which we must respect, and we wish Shaun the very best in what lies ahead for him post Wales.”
Although it is unsure which direction Edwards will now take, the 52 year old has been linked with a number of English Premiership teams and long with the French National teams. However one move we could see is him joining his former Wigan team mate and Andy Farrell who will take over the head coach’s postion with Ireland Post World Cup 2019!
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