Edwards not joining Toulon, say Wales

Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards

Shaun Edwards has been with Wales since 2008

Defence coach Shaun Edwards is not leaving Wales, contrary to a French website claiming he is joining Toulon, say the Welsh Rugby Union.

The Wales management have a reciprocal deal with the French club as part of their coaching team’s development.

Toulon fitness coach Paul Stridgeon helps Wales during international periods.

A statement from the WRU said: “Shaun is contracted to Wales through to 2019.”

The statement added: “The WRU and National Squad have a close working relationship with Toulon.

“As normal practice in this environment there is always coaching CPD (continued professional development) and exchange of ideas and experience.

“Toulon coaches have spent time with us and we do that reciprocally and that is the situation here.”

Edwards signed a four-year extension to his Wales contract in December 2015.

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