Gatland confident 'world-class' Edwards will stay for World Cup

By Peter Hanson 11 June 2018 284
Gatland confident 'world-class' Edwards will stay for World Cup

Warren Gatland has spoken of his hope that Shaun Edwards will remain as Wales' defence coach through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, but will not stand in his way if other opportunities arise.

Edwards has been a trusty lieutenant of Gatland since joining the New Zealander's backroom team in 2008, with Wales winning three Six Nations titles in that time.

The future of Edwards has been the topic of much debate, with England on the lookout for a new defence coach following Paul Gustard's decision to take the top job with Premiership side Harlequins.

It is reported that Edwards is a frontrunner for the vacancy, while he has also been linked with the head coach position at Super League side Wigan Warriors.

Addressing Edwards' future, Gatland told reporters: "He's committed to us until the World Cup. 

"But if other opportunities come along, he needs to consider those because he's out of contract after the World Cup.

"There are two or three world-class defensive coaches out there and he's definitely one of them."

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