Welsh Rugby
Edwards to see out Wales contract
ESPNscrum Staff
March 25, 2011
Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards, Wales v South Africa, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, June 5, 2010
Shaun Edwards will return to work with Wales © Getty Images

Shaun Edwards has met with Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) chief Roger Lewis to discuss his recent disciplinary issues and will see out his contract as Wales' defence coach.

The former rugby league star did not travel to Paris with the Wales squad for their final Six Nations match against France last weekend, with reports soon emerging of an altercation with sports scientist Fergus Connolly in the wake of their narrow victory over Ireland.

Writing in his column for The Guardian, the Wasps head coach confirmed that he met with Lewis on Thursday and that he will return to action for Wales' next meeting, against the Barbarians on June 4. Edwards' existing WRU contract expires after the World Cup in October.

"There are weeks you'd rather forget and I hope that is precisely what I'm allowed to do with this one," he said. "After a meeting in London and a few handshakes, I am still the Wales defence coach and the matter of the scuffle following the Ireland game can, I hope, be laid to rest.

"These things happen in rugby. Josh Lewsey and Danny Cipriani come to mind and stories of Leicester players knocking lumps off each other are legion. However, I admit this one was different because it was two coaches going at each other.

"Yesterday's meeting with Roger Lewis, the Welsh Rugby Union chief executive, confirmed I will see out my Wales contract, starting with Barbarians at the start of June and going on to the World Cup in New Zealand in the autumn when the thorny issues to be resolved will be purely about matters on the field."

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