Shaun Edwards next role confirmed after leaving Wales

Former Wales coach Shaun Edwards has made his first appearance in the blue of France after being confirmed as les Bleus’ new defence coach.

Speaking after being presented with the rest of a new-look coaching group, which also includes Laurent Labit, William Servat, Karim Ghezal, Thibault Giroud and Nicolas Buffa, Edwards said: “I’m happy to join France’s adventure alongside Fabien and Raphael.

“My goal is to maximise the speed of the defensive play in the French team. This method has already been successful in the past.”

The 53-year-old helped Wales to four Six Nations titles, three Grand Slams and two World Cup semi-finals during his spell with Gatland.

It’s thought he’s been offered over £250,000 per season to take the role in Paris.

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