As part of the coaching staff, Shaun Edwards helped Wales to a Six Nations Grand Slam earlier this year

Wigan have confirmed that Shaun Edwards will not become their head coach as planned at the end of the season.

Edwards, 52, was presented to the media in August 2018 where he talked of “testing himself” in league, having coached exclusively in union.

However, after a successful Six Nations campaign as part of Warren Gatland’s Wales coaching team, Edwards is expected to remain on the staff.

“I will not be taking up the head coaching role at Wigan,” Edwards said.

“The reason is my lack of preparation. World Cup preparations have been brought forward a month and, as a result, I will be unable to spend eight weeks in Australia as planned on rugby league.

“I feel Wigan need a more experienced rugby league head coach than myself, to give the club and the people of Wigan the best team possible.”

More to follow.

BBC

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