Roberts wants Wales to keep Edwards

Date published: October 26 2015

Wales centre Jamie Roberts hopes that defence coach Shaun Edwards will not leave the coaching setup when his contract expires.

Edwards has been with Wales since Warren Gatland took charge back in 2007, becoming a key cog in the national side's coaching group.

Under his guidance Wales have won two Grand Slam titles in 2008 and 2012 and reached the Rugby World Cup semi-finals in 2011.

The fact that Edwards is so highly regarded across the sport for his defensive work with Wasps, Wales along with the British and Irish Lions means that his services are likely to be in high demand should he wish to move on.

Wales were knocked out of the 2015 World Cup in the quarter-final against South Africa.

"Shaun Edwards is a magnificent coach and a wonderful guy and he's got the best out of us defensively," Roberts told the South Wales Evening Post.

"The guys putting their bodies on the line was amazing to watch.

"You see your fellow players really launching their bodies and sacrificing their health for the sake of the team and the country. It's inspiring.

"I hope the coaching team stay together. I think it's a great mix of characters and styles that the boys really enjoy."