Edwards hints at London Wasps departure

London Wasps coach Shaun Edwards has hinted that he could leave the Aviva Premiership Rugby club after finishing his contract as Wales assistant coach.

Edwards’ contract with Wales came to an end as Wales exited the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand where the former Great Britain rugby league star has been coaching with Warren Gatland.

“It is not really the right time to be talking about my future,” Edwards told the Guardian after Wales’s play-off defeat to Australia.

“It looks as if I am going to be a free agent when I get back to England, unconnected at both club and international level.”

“Maybe it is time for me to go on to other challenges.”

Edwards said that he was not sure if he would be leaving London Wasps and said,”Potentially, maybe in the future.

“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.”

Edwards joined Wasps as their backs coach in 2001 and replaced current Wales coach Warren Gatland in 2005 when he left the London Club.

Under Edwards Wasps won the Premiership on three occasions and the Heineken Cup in 2004 and 2007.

Edwards has been linked with the England Rugby team and expressed an interest in working with England before he was snapped up by Wales in 2008.

“I like to coach rugby teams and it has been a pleasure to be involved with Wales but my future is up in the air, there is no doubt about that.”

“I would have an open mind to anything.”

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