Shaun Edwards declines head coach role at Wigan to stay with Wales

Wales Rugby Union coach Shaun Edwards said he will stay in the coaching team for Wales as they head to Japan in September.

Edwards was said to have had a verbal agreement back in August 2018 with his home team Wigan Warriors. He was allegedly offered a three-year contract as head coach for the squad from 2020.

But following Wales’ Grand Slam success, the defence coach denies ever agreeing to the position or signing a contract.

The WRU said Edwards is set to stay on Wales’ management team under new head coach Wayne Pivac after the World Cup in Japan in November.

In a joint statement by Wigan Warriors and Edwards, he stated:

After much thought and deliberation, I wish to clarify my situation. I will not be taking up the Head Coaching role at Wigan, the reason being my lack of preparation. World Cup preparations have been brought forward a month and, as a result, I will be unable to spend eight weeks in Australia as planned on rugby league. I feel Wigan need a more experienced rugby league Head Coach than myself.


Despite his lengthy career at Wigan, he says in the statement that he doesn’t believe he is the right person for the job.

“The Wigan deal I recently received is very favourable to all other offers I have had so far.

“I feel Wigan need a more experienced rugby league head coach than myself, to give the club and the people of Wigan the best team possible.”

Warren Gatland and Shaun Edwards

Welsh fans are delighted at the news that Shaun will remain on the management team as Wales are set head over to Japan for the World Cup in September.

Wigan are now left searching for someone to fill the position of head coach, they say this in their recent statement:

For us now our next steps are to confirm the coaching structure for 2020 and beyond and draw a line under the last few months and give our loyal fans the clarity they deserve.

I’d like to thank our supporters for their patience and understanding in what has proven to be a very difficult situation to navigate and now we can concentrate on building more strong foundations to drive this wonderful club forward.

We will announce our plans in due course.


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