France appoint Shaun Edwards as defence coach

Date published: November 13 2019 - David Skippers

The French Rugby Federation have announced that Shaun Edwards will join France head coach Fabien Galthie’s backroom staff as the new defence coach.

Edwards stepped down from his position as Wales defence coach at the end of the recent Rugby World Cup in Japan after occupying that role for 11 years.

Under the guidance of head coach Warren Gatland, Edwards was part of one of Wales’ most successful coaching teams, securing three Grand Slams and a Six Nations title in that time.

Edwards will now work with Galthie, who has taken over Les Bleus’ coaching reins from Jacques Brunel, who stepped down after France suffered a 20-19 defeat to Wales in their World Cup quarter-final.

Galthie was already confirmed as Brunel’s long-term replacement in April.

Edwards had initially agreed a deal to join Rugby League outfit Wigan Warriors last year but had a change of heart as he felt he would not be able to prepare for the role adequately while still being contracted with the Welsh Rugby Union.