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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 November 2007, 14:49 GMT
Edwards open to Wales discussion
Shaun Edwards
Shaun Edwards is currently head coach with London Wasps
Shaun Edwards and his employers Wasps have suggested that he could work with Wales in a part-time coaching role.

Rumours are rife that the London club's head coach will form part of new Wales boss Warren Gatland's backroom staff.

Edwards was keen to stress that Wasps remains his number one commitment, but he and the club's director of rugby Ian McGeechan did not dismiss a Wales role.

"There's no need for an assistant coach to be full time and I think Gatland agrees with that," said Edwards.

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"I'm a big believer that to rest is to rust and that applies to coaches as much as players. I have my faults, but lack of energy isn't one of them.

"Phil Larder was England's defence coach when they won the World Cup and he was working with Leicester week-in, week-out. Mike Ford combined work with Saracens and Ireland.

"But I'm contracted to Wasps until at least the end of next season, they are my main priority and some of the guys here are like family to me.

"I would have to ask the England players at the club if they had an open mind over me working with Wales. If they haven't, I won't do it, it's as simple as that."

If there are open minds then this could turn into a win-win situation for everybody

Wasps director of rugby Ian McGeechan

Edwards, who made his name as a player in rugby league with Wigan and Great Britain, worked under Gatland at Wasps, their time together producing one Heineken Cup and three English league titles.

"Warren knows Shaun as well as anyone," said Edwards' boss McGeechan after Wasps' 33-17 Heineken Cup win over Llanelli Scarlets at Stradey Park.

"Going forward, if there are open minds then this could turn into a win-win situation for everybody.

"It's certainly not Wasps' intention to lose Shaun, everybody should just give things a chance to work out."

Gatland, who has also coached Ireland, will start the Wales job in December, having been prised from Waikato and the Chiefs in his native New Zealand on a four-year deal.

The Kiwi's first game in charge of Wales will be their Six Nations opener against England at Twickenham on 2 February.

When pressed on whether he would have a problem with Edwards working with Wales, Wasps and England forward Lawrence Dallaglio commented:

"I wouldn't, but I think Shaun might cause problems for England!

"I don't want this issue to detract from our quality performance at the Scarlets."

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