Brutal? Non. Beaten? Mais Oui...
Lawrence Dallaglio, Owen Slot, Stephen Jones and Stuart Barnes reflect on defeat for England in Paris in the Six Nations and discuss how the RFU let Shaun Edwards get away. Plus, Alasdair Reid on a stuttering start for the Scots against Ireland.
When it comes to Shaun Edwards and rugby, emotion usually drives everything.
Whether it is cajoling his troops to fly off the line and smash the opposition in defence, or the seemingly endless will-he-won't-he links with coaching England, the heart is never far from Edwards' sleeve.
But this Saturday in Cardiff is strictly business – he says. It ...
Réputé exigeant à l'extrême et gueulard, Shaun Edwards sait aussi se faire aimer de ses joueurs. Avec les Français, la greffe a déjà pris, comme en témoigne leur tenue défensive face à l'Angleterre.
Don't be surprised if France win the Six Nations — and don't be surprised if Shaun Edwards is the man who makes it happen.
If France are to become a world force again, new coach Fabian Galthie and Edwards must conjure up the chemistry and close working partnership that Edwards enjoyed with Warren Gatland for 16 years with Wasps and Wales.
Warren Gatland will be given a formal send-off in Cardiff on Saturday, when he leads the Barbarians against his now former charges, to mark the end of his 12 years as head coach of Wales. It is the end too for almost everyone on Gatland’s backroom staff, but Shaun Edwards, who lovingly looked after the Welsh defence throughout that long stint since 2008, will watch the match on television and leave the garlands to “Gats”.
Shaun Edwards is on first-name terms with most of the regulars at his local pub, Connolly’s, in Chiswick. ‘All right Tom, all right pal?’ he says, acknowledging one of them in his thick Wigan accent.
‘Back to normality now?’ asks Tom. Edwards replies: ‘A little bit! A bit different to Tokyo!’
Normal service has resumed but not for long. It is lunchtime in the unpretentious Irish bar, which serves meals for under a tenner, and Edwards is getting ready to carry out the school run for the first time in four months.
There are plenty of occasional winners in sport, people who get lucky on a particular day. Then there are a precious few, like Shaun Edwards, who win so often it becomes their personal default setting. The other day Wales’s defence coach was counting the major trophies he has won since he first represented Wigan at 16. The answer is 49, with this ...
Edwards and Gatland have renewed their coaching partnership
Dawson, who played at Wasps for Edwards and Wales coach Warren Gatland, says Wales have secured a massive coup.
"With Warren and Shaun you get defence, structure, discipline and, ultimately, you will get trophies," Dawson told the BBC's Sport Wales programme.
"I cannot emphasise ...
Twenty One years have passed since Danny Blanchflower died. He was a wonderful footballer and, in his later years, a captivating journalist. Yet he will be chiefly remembered for one observation. ‘The great fallacy is that the game is first and last about winning. It’s nothing of the kind,’ said Danny. ‘The game is about glory. It’s about ...
If Saturday night’s victory over Ireland does prove to be Shaun Edwards’ final RBS 6 Nations hoorah in Cardiff, then the former rugby league man could not have picked a finer evening to bow out.
The Wales defence coach is out of contract after the World Cup and his players delivered a tackling masterclass at the Millennium Stadium.