FORMER RUGBY LEAGUE & UNION PLAYER | RENOWNED COACH
Shaun Edwards was born in Wigan in 1966 and followed his father, Jack, into Rugby League. His dad was a successful half-back with Warrington and Shaun signed for Wigan for £35,000 on his 17th birthday having captained England Schools Under 16 in both rugby union and rugby league.
He led the England Schools to victory by 13-12 in an Under 16 international at Bristol in 1983 against a Welsh side containing Dai Young. The two later met up at the 1995 Rugby League World Cup, when Edwards captained England in their opening win over Australia and Young played throughout Wales’ run to the semi-finals.
Shaun made 467 appearances for Wigan, scoring 1,140 points. He won the Challenge Cup eight seasons in a row with the club and nine times all told. He also won eight Championship titles with Wigan. He was the youngest player to play in a Challenge Cup final and the youngest to be capped by Great Britain. He played 36 times for Great Britain, scoring 16 tries, and played in the 1992 and 1995 World Cups with England. He also played professionally for Balmain Tigers, in Australia, London Broncos and Bradford Bulls. He was voted the fourth best British rugby league player of all-time.
He returned to rugby union in 2002 when he became backs coach at London Wasps. Nigel Melville was Director of Rugby at the club at the time and Shaun struck up a winning partnership with Warren Gatland. Wasps went on to win six trophies in three seasons with Gatland and Edwards at the coaching helm, including the European Challenge Cup in 2003 and the Heineken Cup in 2004.
In the last number of years Shaun has been the defence coach for the Welsh national team.
Shaun works with Sport Endorse in conjunction with Simon Dent Mgt.