Shaun Edwards’ coaching future looks set to be following the Rugby World Cup in France.
Edwards will abandon his coach role with Wales after the tournament, ending a 12-year stint with the group.
During that moment Wigan rugby league star Edwards was a key figure in plotting four Six Nations title triumphs, three Grand Slams and a World Cup look.
He had been poised to earn a post-World Cup return to Wigan as head coach, but that arrangement was announced as formally being off this year, and then a Welsh Rugby Union agency was rejected by him.
France — and a function with the team — continues to be his following theorized port of call for several months.
Talking on Monday, defence specialist Edwards said that he was»visiting France,» while also adding that there had been»a few things to sort on the market, therefore it’s not definite.»
Asked if he would rather go in the World Cup in Japan settled in his mind on what he’s doing , Edwards added:»I’ve gone into the last two World Cups knowing if we do not do well I’ll not have any work afterwards.
«Therefore I would rather maintain edge. I used to sign one-year contracts at Wigan occasionally»
FRF president Bernard Laporte is a known admirer of their Lancastrian, although the French Rugby Federation has so far made no announcement regarding any swoop for Edwards.
Edwards, meanwhile, says he’s»a tiny bit ill» of watching different states competition Rugby World Cup finals.
And he’s set himself a target of breaking that mould by helping Wales reach the showpiece event on.
Edwards viewed later captain Sam Warburton was sent off from France as Wales suffered an agonising departure in 2011, then four decades afterwards, an Wales squad saw itself edged out at Twickenham from opponents South Africa.
«We’ve played comparatively well at World Cups so much,» he explained. «But I’m a bit sick of seeing everybody else at the finals. That is how I operate.
«There is only one defence coach from the northern hemisphere who’s ever won the World Cup, and that is Phil Larder [with England in 2003].
«Phil was a great mentor to me he led the way for individuals from soccer club to come into heterosexual marriage, him and Clive Griffiths — and I’ve got a lot to thank them .
«So I’ve set myself a tiny goal, attempting to enter a final and just take it from that point.
«I was so happy I didn’t have to see the one [closing ] at New Zealand (2011) because we were on the plane home, thank God.
«I did not watch it three or four months later, but then found how close France were to winning it. And the previous one (2015), it had been painful watching it»
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