After Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards recently revealed that incoming head coach Wayne Pivac does not want him when he takes over, Welsh fans are not too happy on Twitter.
Edwards, alongside Warren Gatland, have just guided Wales to a third Grand Slam of their 11-year tenure at the helm of the national team, and many are hailing the Englishman as the best defence coach in the world.
Wales’ are now on a 14-game winning streak, and that has largely been built upon Wales’ resolute defence, whereby they only conceded seven tries all Six Nations.
However, with the current Scarlets boss Pivac set to take over after the World Cup, the New Zealander is set on having his own staff, which has not gone down well with these Wales fans:
Pivac knows nothing then. Best defence coach for miles.
— Gillian Lewis (@madwife22) March 18, 2019
Ludicrous !! Pivac should stick with the Scarlets if that’s his take on Edwards. Why do I get the feeling this is going to be a contract cut short before it’s started even?!!
— Stu Stuart (@StuuStu) March 18, 2019
If this is true then I’d be questioning Pivac before he start!!!!” Who wouldn’t want Shaun Edwards????
— Sarah Oliver (@Olibrown1) March 19, 2019
Huge mistake!! We should be doing all we can to keep him!! ???????
— Meinir H Thomas (@MeinirT) March 18, 2019
More fool Pivac !
— Chris Evans (@blimsky) March 18, 2019
Sack him. Keep Edwards
— Jez Lewis Emanuel (@JezEmanuel17) March 19, 2019
Pivac is setting himself up for a massive fall not keeping Sean Edwards….
— Alfredo Nokez (@AlfredoNokez1) March 17, 2019
Pivac is going to be a disaster as Wales coach. Enjoy what’s left of the Gatland era because a bumpy road ahead.
— Ross Power (@rosspow10) March 17, 2019
Disgusting Shaun Edwards is an immense defensive coach. Give him a job privac or u May find yourself out of a job if wales lose a few games.
— neal griffiths (@nealgriff66) March 18, 2019
We better win the World Cup coz we're probably facing a decade of disappointment with Pivac and unknowns running the team. We should all be worried!
— Paul (@VisitorPaul) March 17, 2019
Edwards has worked alongside Gatland for well over a decade now, as they were both together at Wasps before Wales. Edwards is a dominant figure, and it is understandable that Pivac may want his own team with him when he takes over the reins to implement his plans most succinctly.
While there is no denying that Edwards is a phenomenal defence coach, some may feel that that success comes at the expense of a more expansive attacking game. Pivac has already shown with the Scarlets that he is quite a positive manager that likes a free-flowing team, and he may feel like that is not compatible alongside Edwards.
However, Pivac has defended himself following Edwards’ comments, saying that he, as did many others, believed that Edwards was returning to rugby league with his former club Wigan. While that seems to be suspended temporarily in a bizarre series of events, no one is entirely sure what the future holds for Edwards. However, many Welsh fans are disappointed that it will not be with the national team after the World Cup.
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