Reports in France suggest Shaun Edwards could be about to leave Wales.
In the aftermath of last Autumn’s World Cup, Shaun Edwards was one of rugby’s most in demand coaches. Despite fielding an injury ravaged side, thanks to their outstanding defence, Wales qualified from the pool of death and could very well have beaten South Africa in a tight quarter final.
In the subsequent months, it was suggested on numerous occasions that England were looking to poach Edwards, as his contract negotiations with the WRU seemed to be stagnating. However, to the relief of everyone in Wales, Warren Gatland’s key lieutenant signed a new four year deal in December.
However, while Welsh fans anticipated Edwards remaining by Gatland’s side until after the 2019 World Cup, it now appears the highly rated defence coach could join Toulon this summer. Rumours of Toulon’s interest first emerged in La Provence earlier this month, and were reiterated by Rugbyrama and Var Matin yesterday.
Although the initial report published in La Provence only stated that Edwards ‘could’ become Toulon’s next defence coach, Var Matin believe he will join Mourad Boudjellal’s side this summer. Rugbyrama have even gone so far as to claim that the transfer is ‘bound to happen’.
Nevertheless, as none of the three sources went into too much detail, Welsh fans might not need to panic just yet.
However, as Toulon failed to lift to trophy last season and suffered defeat to at the hands of 14 man Racing in the Top 14 final, Boudjellal might be desperate enough to part with any amount of money in order to sign Edwards.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena