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Shaun Edwards OBE


Shaun Edwards, OBE  is a former rugby league player and current rugby union coach. He is the son of Warrington rugby league half-back of the 1950s, and 1960s, Jackie Edwards.

He is assistant coach of Wales, (defence), a post he has held since 2008. Edwards was former head coach at London Wasps where he spent 10 successful years at the club, leaving in November 2011.

Edwards was the only schoolboy to captain England at rugby league and rugby union.

Edwards made his name playing in the half-backs (6 or 7) in rugby league. He played for Wigan in the Championship and then Super League between 1983 and 1997. He also had spells with Balmain Tigers, London Broncos (twice) and Bradford Bulls. He remains the most decorated player in Rugby League history - playing for Wigan, Edwards won a record eight championships and a record nine Challenge Cups. In total he played in eleven Challenge Cup finals, also a record. He was voted Man of Steel in 1990 and is an inductee of the Wigan Hall of Fame. In his time in the sport he won 37 winners medals as a player.

Edwards played 36 times for Great Britain, and played for England in 1995 and '96 and Ireland in 1998. In all, he appeared in three Rugby League World Cups.

In November 2015, Edwards was inducted into the Rugby League Hall of Fame, becoming only the 25th person to receive one of the game's highest honours. So far, he is the only player born and bred in Wigan to have been inducted.