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Shaun Edwards 'open' to head coach offers

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Shaun Edwards says he would listen to a head coach's offer "in rugby league or rugby union" if one came his way.

The Wales defence guru has been a key part of Warren Gatland's coaching team since 2008 and will be out of contract after next year's World Cup.

The former Wigan and Great Britain rugby league star previously enjoyed a successful club coaching career with Wasps when they dominated English and European rugby.

And he could easily be a man in demand following the 2019 tournament as Wales consider life after the departing Gatland.

Edwards faces a head to head with his former rugby league team-mate and Ireland defence specialist Andy Farrell when Wales continue their NatWest 6 Nations campaign tomorrow.

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.

– Shaun Edwards, Wales defence coach

Wales have conceded the least number of points in this season's Six Nations, but they can expect a fierce examination from a team unbeaten at home since November 2016 and harbouring major title aspirations.

Wales will also keep themselves firmly in the mix for Six Nations silverware if they win,

These are the games you remember for the rest of your life, big games like this.

Ireland are a team who very rarely lose the ball. They wear teams down and they have two - I don't use this term often - legendary half-backs.

They have only lost one of their last 21 games at home, and that was to the All Blacks. They are a formidable opponent.

– Shaun Edwards, Wales defence coach

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