Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards would welcome head coaching offers

Wales defence specialist Shaun Edwards would listen to a head coach’s offer “in rugby league or rugby union” if one came his way.

The former Wigan and Great Britain rugby league star will be out of contract with the Welsh Rugby Union after next year’s World Cup.

The 51-year-old Edwards has been part of the Wales set-up under head coach Warren Gatland since 2008.

Edwards said: “Potentially, I would be open to (head coach) offers, yes.

“I really do enjoy being involved in international rugby. It’s where I want to be, really, so whether that is as an assistant coach or a head coach, it doesn’t really bother me which way.

“As I said, if I get an offer as a head coach in rugby league or rugby union, I will listen to it.

“I think people just forget I was a head coach (with Wasps), and won every single major trophy in five years – Heineken Cup, English Premiership, Anglo-Welsh when it was a major trophy.

“Because I have been an assistant coach for eight years now – I wanted to be involved in international rugby – I think probably that gets forgotten a little bit.”