Rugby

Thursday 31 July 2014

Edwards quits Exiles position

Published 03/01/2013|05:00

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Shaun Edwards has given up his role as a consultant with Aviva Premiership side London Irish to concentrate on his work with the Wales team.

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Edwards has committed fully to Wales to the next World Cup in England in 2015 following talks with Welsh Rugby Union's chief executive Roger Lewis.

London Irish, who lie just above the Premiership relegation place, issued a statement confirming Edwards had left his role at the Madejski Stadium.

The club's director of rugby, Brian Smith, said: "I have always been a supporter of Shaun Edwards and that will not change.

"We would like to thank him for his efforts over the last six months and wish him well for the future."

There had been speculation Edwards might quit his role as Wales defence coach as the former Ireland Rugby League international had not been appointed to the Lions staff for the tour of Australia by Warren Gatland.

The New Zealander is Edwards' boss in the Wales set-up but the latter's failure to make the Lions coaching team had led to speculation that their partnership might be coming to an end.

But after talks with Lewis, Edwards has given up his other work to concentrate full-time on Wales.

Irish Independent

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