Wales coach Edwards to return to league with Wigan

Shaun Edwards right will leave Warren Gatland's Welsh rugby coaching team after next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan

Shaun Edwards right will leave Warren Gatland's Welsh rugby coaching team after next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan

Edwards has been apart of the Wales coaching set-up since 2008 alongside Warren Gatland, but spent the entirety of his professional playing career on the league side of things.

Wigan Warriors have had a turbulent day but some good news has been announced with the future of the clubs Head Coaching role cleared up once and for all.

Edwards, who was presented to the media by the club on Thursday, said: "I've got a three- or four-year deal with Wigan, but I'd have guaranteed employment for the next 10 to 15 years in union".

Edwards also insisted his commitment to Wales meant there was little chance of him walking away from rugby union before the World Cup next year - and reiterated he is relaxed with the arrangement with Lam taking charge of Wigan for 12 months before he assumes control for the 2020 season.

"He (Edwards) is a legendary figure in both codes of rugby as a supremely gifted player and as a highly successful coach", said Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan.

"He is an inspirational figure, a born leader and a victor at everything he has turned his attention to", Lenagan said on the club's website. We're looking forward to how he builds on the very strong foundations that we have in place at Wigan.

"We would like to congratulate Shaun on his appointment at Wigan Warriors", he said.

His return to rugby league was seen as opportunity lost for the England rugby union team by former England and British and Irish Lions player Phil Vickery.

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'Shaun has and continues to be a great servant to Welsh Rugby.

"He is a rugby league legend and particularly so at Wigan and we know he will be welcomed back there with open arms. There are many parallels with when Michael Maguire came over as an Assistant Coach from the Melbourne Storm to lead the Club, so Adrian's year with Wigan promises to be an exciting one".

"I think it would have been disloyal of me to break off just a year before the World Cup".

He retired in 2000 and moved into union as a coach with English club Wasps, leading them to European Cup victory in 2007.

He also coached the British & Irish Lions defence on the South Africa tour in 2009.

"I'll also be driving up to Wigan and watching training but I won't be doing any coaching, it will be all over to Adrian".

"Adrian won the hearts and minds of every Wigan fan during his time here as a player and he's coming to Wigan as one of Australia's brightest and most respected coaches having coached the Papua New Guinea national team and with the Sydney Roosters".

He will replace Wane, who is leaving Wigan at the end of this season to join the Scottish Rugby Union.

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