Shaun Edwards, who was announced as the next Wigan Warriors head coach last August, surprised everyone following the Guinness Six Nations when he admitted that he had not put pen to paper with the Super League club.


Edwards, 52, stated then that his future might not be in rugby league and that he could still stay in union, should the right opportunity arise.

Currently Wales‘ defence coach, Edwards is contracted to the WRU until after the Rugby World Cup and although many assumed he would be returning to his former side in rugby league, that now seems to be becoming less and less sure.

Speaking to Press Association Sport today, Edwards shed little further light on his possible destination.

“I’ve not made my mind up about anything yet, to be honest.”

Obviously it’s been a very busy time with the Six Nations. I haven’t made my mind up where I’m going yet.”

There’s moving your family obviously and kids being in school and stuff like that. So there’s a lot of things to consider.”


Edwards turned out over 460 times for Wigan back in his playing days, although that is not the only reunion that is on the cards for the defence coach, with Wasps, the first side he coached in union, also believed to be interested in bringing him back into the fold. A win over Worcester Warriors eased fears that they could be drawn into the relegation battle, but it’s been a disappointing season for Dai Young’s side and the opportunity to bring in a coach of Edwards’ calibre would be appealing.

Leicester Tigers are also believed to be interested in Edwards, with the former giants of English rugby having conceded more tries and points than any other side in the Gallagher Premiership this season and in desperate need of defensive help. The RFU have been linked with Edwards, too, with John Mitchell’s contract set to expire after the Rugby World Cup and Steve Borthwick the only member of the current coaching set-up inked in for the long-term.

Should Edwards opt not to take up the role with Wigan, there is likely to be no shortage of suitors for his signature.

Watch: Matt Giteau is in the frame for a coaching role with the Wallabies

Video Spacer

Mailing List

Sign up to our mailing list for a weekly digest from the wide world of rugby.

Sign Up Now