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Ibanez says focus of Edwards is on France


Shaun Edwards. Photo: Getty

Shaun Edwards. Photo: Getty

Shaun Edwards. Photo: Getty

France team manager Raphael Ibanez has hailed Shaun Edwards' professionalism as the former Wales defence coach prepares for his Cardiff return (Wales v France, Virgin Media One, 4.45).

Edwards was part of Warren Gatland's Wales coaching team for 12 Six Nations campaigns.

It was a period of sustained success, with Wales winning four Six Nations titles, three Grand Slams and reaching two World Cup semi-finals.

Edwards, though, is now making an impact with France in the defence mastermind role, with Les Bleus unbeaten after two games and now chasing a first Six Nations victory on Welsh soil since 2010.

"We talked at the start of the week, we talked to each other," Ibanez said.

"I just asked him what was the approach of the game, and if it was too much, maybe, emotionally.

"Shaun is very professional - his reply was pretty clear.

"He just said 'my only focus this week will be to do my best for the players', and that's what he did, day in, day out."