With Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane announcing his decision to leave at the end of the season to take up a role with Scottish Rugby Union, there has been a lot of speculation over who exactly would be replacing him.
Last night the club finally made the announcement many fans were hoping for, with the news that former player and ex PNG international coach Adrian Lam will be taking over for the 2019 season on an interim basis. Lamb the former Queensland and PNG halfback became a cult hero during the three years at Central park before returning to Australia to finish his playing days. He has since moved into coaching and most recently has been working within the Sydney Roosters youth set up after spells as assistant coach at St George Dragons along with coaching the Papua New Guinea national side.
However, the following announcement that another former player Wigan legend Shaun Edwards would be returning to the club to take over on a three year deal following the end of his current contact with Wales RU.
During his 14 years as a player with Wigan Edwards won every available domestic honour, including a record breaking 9 challenge cup winner medals. Growing up just down the road at Wigan St Patricks, Edwards signed for the Central park team on his 17th birthday in 1983. The rest is what we say his history, has became an integral part of the Wigan side that dominated british rugby league for the best part of a decade.
Since retiring 18 years ago, Edwards spent some time coaching in Wigan’s youth set up before taking his knowledge to ‘the darkside’ as he worked his way up the coaching systems within Rugby Union. One of his early highlights was taking Wasps to Heineken cup glory back in 2007, after previously working alongside former All Blacks head coach Warren Gartland. Edwards soon followed the Kiwi into the international set up to work with the Wales RU as his assistant coach, whilst also becoming a member of Gartland’s recent British Lions coaching team.
Edwards will continue with his appointment as Assistant to Wales RU until after the World cup in Japan 2019, before making the return to the sport and Home town club to attempt to jump start the Warriors back to their glory days.
Speaking of Edwards return current Wigan Warriors Chairman Ian Lenaghan said he was;
“delighted” 51-year-old Edwards had signed a three-year contract. He is a legendary figure in both codes of rugby as a supremely gifted player and as a highly successful coach,” he added.
“He is an inspirational figure, a born leader and a winner at everything he has turned his attention to.”