Wales coach Edwards turned down Premiership role


Shaun Edwards has revealed that he rejected a head coach role with a Premiership club two years ago because he felt he would be "letting down" the Wales players.

The former rugby league great signed a new contract to stay on as Wales defence coach - a position which he started back in 2008.

Edwards' stock has risen during his time in the Wales coaching set-up under Warren Gatland after playing his part in three Six Nations triumphs - including two Grand Slams - and a run to the World Cup semi-finals in 2011.

The Wiganer was linked with a role on the England coaching staff before opting to remain with Wales and said he could have taken a top job in his homeland back in 2014.

"Being a head coach doesn't bother me that much. I've not got a massive desire to do that," he said

"I've just signed up for another four years with Wales so it's not in my plans, but it might be in future.

"I was actually offered the head coach job at a Premiership club two years ago and it was an exciting prospect, but I felt I would be letting the lads down, leaving Wales a year out from the World Cup."