Edwards to leave Wales post RWC

Jose Verdugo
Agosto 9, 2018

"From a Wales perspective entering a crucial Rugby World Cup year it is great that Shaun has committed to seeing out his contract with the WRU and to continue to help lead Wales into the RWC".

Wales assistant coach (defence) Shaun Edwards will leave the WRU post the 2019 Rugby World Cup, at the conclusion of his contract, to take over as head coach of rugby league giants Wigan Warriors.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge". Adrian won the hearts and minds of every Wigan fan during his time here as a player and he's coming to Wigan us as one of Australia's brightest and most respected coaches having coached the Papua New Guinea national team and with the Sydney Roosters.

Both men sat alongside Wigan's rugby director, Kris Radlinski and club chairman, Ian Lenagan to answer questions on their appointments.

Wigan Warriors hosted their first press conference today with both of their new head coaches, Adrian Lam and Shaun Edwards.

Despite it being 18 years since Edwards last worked in professional rugby league, Davies said it was not something he would have turned his back on.

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"Shaun has and continues to be a great servant to Welsh Rugby". He has been part of a hugely successful coaching team over the past ten years and we would like to thank him for all of his efforts.

But he will follow Gatland in leaving Wales after the 2019 World Cup in Japan. We believe that we have the structures in place for Shaun to thrive as a Rugby League coach and we're delighted to have him back at the Club.

Edwards joined Gatland's team in 2008 after winning two European Cups and three Premiership titles with Wasps between 2001-2011.

Despite his success in the 15-man game, Edwards always left the door open for a rugby league return.

He has regularly told media he still watches Super League and his son is a Wigan fan.

The former Papua New Guinea global, who also played State of Origin for Queensland, was the halfback in Wigan's Challenge Cup winning team in 2002.

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