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Wednesday 23 October 2019

Shaun Edwards primed to take over as Dragons interim head coach after Bernard Jackman's exit

Shaun Edwards
Shaun Edwards

Alex Bywater

Shaun Edwards has emerged as a leading contender to take charge of the Dragons on an interim basis until the end of the season.

Wales defence coach Edwards – a vital member of Warren Gatland’s team – was linked with a consultancy role at the Dragons before financial constraints at the region ended the move.

Rodney Parade outfit Dragons sacked head coach Bernard Jackman on Tuesday after a shocking campaign to date and are planning a quick appointment in their search for his successor.

Chairman David Buttress has revealed he will look for a “world class” appointment and Edwards would certainly fit the bill.

The 52-year-old – who will take charge of rugby league giants Wigan after next year’s World Cup – is one of the best defence coaches in the game.  An appointment is expected as early as next week and Edwards is in pole position to take charge.

The Dragons – who are owned by the Welsh Rugby Union – are in a tricky position with few coaching options on the table and the governing body are set to step in to help.

Edwards’ vital importance to Wales was highlighted even further in November as Gatland’s men produced a string of impressive defensive performances in their first unbeaten autumn campaign.

Going into the 2019 Six Nations and then the World Cup in Japan, the rugby league legend will remain a key figure and it is understood any involvement with the Dragons won’t impact Wales’ bid for global glory.

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