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Men's Rugby Union Edwards willing to take head coach role in either union or league

SHAUN EDWARDS said yesterday that he would listen to a head coach’s offer “in rugby league or rugby union” if one came his way.

The Wales defence guru has been a key part of Warren Gatland’s coaching team since 2008 and will be out of contract after next year’s World Cup.

The former Wigan and Great Britain rugby league star previously enjoyed a successful club coaching career with Wasps when they dominated English and European rugby.

And he could easily be a man in demand following the 2019 tournament as Wales consider life after the departing Gatland.

Edwards faces a head-to-head with his former rugby league teammate and Ireland defence specialist Andy Farrell when Wales continue their Six Nations campaign tomorrow.

Speaking to reporters before Wales’s departure for Dublin and asked about any head coach ambition, Edwards said: “Potentially, I would be open to [head coach] offers, yes.

“I really do enjoy being involved in international rugby. It’s where I want to be, really, so whether that is as an assistant coach or a head coach, it doesn’t really bother me which way. As I said, if I get an offer as a head coach in rugby league or rugby union, I will listen to it.

“I think people just forget I was a head coach [with Wasps] and won every single major trophy in five years — European Rugby Champions Cup, English Premiership, Anglo-Welsh when it was a major trophy.

“Because I have been an assistant coach for eight years now — I wanted to be involved in international rugby — I think probably that gets forgotten a little bit.”

Edwards added that he believes his own coaching record stacks up “against anybody in world rugby.”

“I stick my record up against anybody in world rugby. The only person who has won more trophies than me is [New Zealander] Wayne Smith and he is an absolute legend of coaching.

“I’ve won 13 major trophies — 10 as an assistant coach and three as a head coach.”

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