Shaun Edwards: Wigan will 'benefit greatly' from Wales experience, says Davies

Adrian Lam and Shaun Edwards

Adrian Lam and Shaun Edwards

Edwards acknowledged it was "a risk" to come back to rugby league, given there are more available jobs in rugby union, and said it would have been "untoward" to leave Wales before next year's World Cup.

Wigan confirmed on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) that Wigan-born Edwards would take over in the 2020 season after helping Gatland at the 2019 Rugby League World Cup.

Both having previous with Wigan - Lam playing for the cherry and whites from 2001-04 and Edwards cementing his legend status between the years of 1983-97.

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Wigan Warriors have had a turbulent day but some good news has been announced with the future of the clubs Head Coaching role cleared up once and for all. He also has Wigan Rugby League Club in his blood.

Former Cronulla Sharks NRL coach Adrian Lam will fill the void left by Shaun Wane at Wigan in 2019 until Edwards completes his commitments with Wales.

Edwards will also assist the Ospreys and Dragons Pro14 teams in his final season in Wales.

"Everywhere he's been he's been successful", said rugby pundit Davies.

"We would like to congratulate Shaun on his appointment at Wigan Warriors", he said. I'm coming back for one thing - the challenge of rugby league. He has been part of a hugely successful coaching team over the past ten years and we would like to thank him for all of his efforts.

"From a Wales perspective entering a crucial Rugby World Cup year it is great that Shaun has committed to seeing out his contract with the WRU and to continue to help lead Wales into the RWC".

"I have won 13 major trophies - 10 as an assistant coach and three as a head coach".

"We all feel Adrian will have significant impact on the Wigan team before returning to Australia with the additional experience to be capable of taking up a Head Coach role there".

He also coached the British & Irish Lions defence on the South Africa tour in 2009.

Despite his success in the 15-man game, Edwards always left the door open for a rugby league return. "You watch it, you listen", he told BBC Sport Wales.

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