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    Edwards and Shaw move on from Wasps

    irishtimes.com - Last Updated: Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 13:09
    Head coach Edwards leaves Wasps

    Rugby : Shaun Edwards has left his position as head coach of Aviva Premiership side Wasps. Edwards is also part-time defence coach with Wales and has recently returned from the World Cup in New Zealand where they reached the semi-finals.

    Having achieved that, Edwards is understood to have attracted the interest of the English Rugby Football Union, who have yet to confirm the future of team manager Martin Johnson.

    Edwards moved into coaching in rugby union after a career in rugby league which saw him win a record eight championships and a record nine Challenge Cups while playing for Wigan.

    Edwards' future at the club had been in doubt after he recently revealed that he expected to return from the World Cup as a "free agent". He spent 10 years at Wasps, winning four league titles and two Heineken Cups, and has been released from his Adams Park contract which had just over 18 months remaining.

    With his Wales contract having expired following the third-place play-off defeat to Australia, bringing an end to a part-time role he had filled with Warren Gatland's side since the beginning of 2008, Edwards is a man in demand.

    WRU chief executive Roger Lewis is known to be keen to ensure that Edwards and the remainder of Gatland's coaching set-up remain with the national side.

    The RFU were due to discuss England's poor World Cup performance at a Twickenham board meeting today. A possible outcome of the quarter-final exit to France could see team Johnson retained but his backroom staff jettisoned, opening the way for Edwards to work with England after turning down a miserly offer to work with the Saxons four years ago.

    However, any rapid progress on that front may well be halted by the ongoing reviews of the red rose's tumultuous time in New Zealand.

    Another potential future home for Edwards could be with the Cardiff Blues, who are without a full-time boss after Dai Young made the move to take over the director of rugby role at Wasps.

    Wasps have also been stung by the news Simon Shaw wants to leave. The secondrow signed a contract extension before the World Cup, but now wants to finish his career overseas.

    The England lock has been heavily linked with a move to Toulon in recent days, with some reports even claiming the French side have gone as far as offering the 38-year-old a short-term contract.

    In a statement, Wasps said: "Simon Shaw signed a contract extension with London Wasps in August, before leaving for the Rugby World Cup. Simon requested that the club did not announce this at the time for personal reasons, which the club was happy to comply with.

    "Upon his return, he informed the club last week that he would like to finish his career overseas. The club are very disappointed with this news and await an official approach for the player."
    Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

    #2
    Interesting move by Shaw
    Marty in the Morning

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      #3
      Edwards quoted in today's telegraph, "I will make a statement when it all comes out properly but the club is in financial difficulties and maybe it is time for me to go on to bigger challenges." Could Wasps be going seriously skint?

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        #4
        Originally posted by the plastic paddy View Post
        Edwards quoted in today's telegraph, "I will make a statement when it all comes out properly but the club is in financial difficulties and maybe it is time for me to go on to bigger challenges." Could Wasps be going seriously skint?
        "Mr Hayes has provided about £10m in loans to the rugby club, which in 2010 made an operating loss of £2.2m on revenues of about £4.2m."

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/8809009/London-Wasps-rugby-club-put-up-for-sale.html

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          #5
          Jaysus that would be sad to see...

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            #6
            With Young in for Edwards, it's hard to see anything other than a slippery slope for that club.

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              #7
              Shaw gone to Toulon.
              \"There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness\".
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