Edwards signs new deal with Wales

Date published: December 10 2015

Wales assistant coach Shaun Edwards has signed a new four-year contract with the WRU through until after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The highly sought after defence coach has been part of the Wales coaching team since 2008 and the new deal will see him through to a third Rugby World Cup with Wales.

Edwards joined the WRU national squad coaching team in 2008 on a part-time basis and, alongside head coach Warren Gatland and fellow coaches Rob Howley, Robin McBryde and Neil Jenkins oversaw Wales' Six Nations Grand Slam in his debut season as an international coach.

During his career with Wales the national side have won three Six Nations titles, including two Grand Slams and reached the semi-final and quarter-final of the 2011 and 2015 RWC respectively.

As he prepares for an eighth Six Nations campaign, Edwards has outlined his delight at signing a new contract.

"I'm delighted to have signed a new contract with the Welsh Rugby Union and to continue to be part of an environment I really enjoy working in," he said.

"As a coach it is fantastic to work alongside such a dedicated and talented group of players and to be part of a strong management team.

"Warren has assembled a great team off the field and it's a great environment. I get to work alongside some of the best coaches and management in the world and alongside some of my best friends in the game Rhys Long (WRU Head of Analysis) and Paul Stridgeon (WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance).

"For me it is great to have signed through until 2019, but as I always have done, my focus is always on the next match and the next competition, which for us is the Six Nations."

The former Rugby League great, who captained England in both League and Union at schoolboy level, began his coaching career in Union alongside Gatland at London Wasps in 2001, where the duo won three consecutive Premiership titles and the Heineken Cup during the four seasons they were together.

Edwards committed his future to Wales with a four-year deal after the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and has repeated that act in 2015.

"It is extremely positive for the WRU and the national squad to announce we have secured Shaun's services for another four years," said Welsh Rugby Union Group Chief Executive, Martyn Phillips.

"Under Warren the national squad have assembled an outstanding management team and Shaun is a vital part of that team.

"Shaun has shown great loyalty to Wales since he came into the role back in 2008 and as the squad prepare for their next campaign and looking further ahead to the next four year cycle it is important they have the structure and resources in place."