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England Miss Out as Edwards Extends Welsh Contract

Defence coach ends England speculation

Posted Nov 15, 2011 by Chris White

Shaun Edwards has signed a new four year deal with Wales

Shaun Edwards has ended speculation over his future by signing a new four-year contract with the Welsh Rugby Union to remain as the national team’s defence coach. Edwards left his position as head coach of London Wasps earlier this month, with speculation growing over a potential role with the England team.

Speculation came as the RFU continue to delay a decision over the future of Martin Johnson as England coach, with many feeling that an overhaul of the backroom staff is required.

However, Welsh Rugby Union chief Roger Lewis has moved to sign him up, and said “I kept in touch with him on a daily basis, and concluded matters on Saturday. I’m delighted that he’s chosen to stay with us, as he has proved himself as a coach at the highest level and we know what huge respect and affection he is held in.”

Magners League side Cardiff Blues have admitted that they are still looking into the possibility of appointing Edwards as a part-time defence coach, with the club looking to appoint new coaches, but this seems unlikely. However, it is likely that he will continue his involvement at club level, with Aviva Premiership side Leicester Tigers rumoured to be a real possibility.

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