Shaun Edwards’ international training future seems set to be following the Rugby World Cup in France.
Edwards will leave Wales following the tournament, finishing a 12-year stint to his coach role.
During this time, former Wigan rugby league star Edwards has been a crucial figure in restraining also a World Cup appearance, three Grand Slams and four Six Nations title triumphs.
He was poised to make a post-World Cup return as head coach to Wigan, but this arrangement was announced as formally being off this year, and he then rejected a new Welsh Rugby Union contract.
France – along with a part with the team – has been his following port of call for many months.
Talking on Monday, defence specialist Edwards said that he was”visiting France,” while also adding that there had been”a few things to sort out there, so it is not definite.”
Asked if he would rather go in the World Cup in Japan settled in his mind on what he is doing next, Edwards added:”I’ve gone in the previous two World Cups understanding if we do not do well I’ll have no work afterwards.
“So I would rather maintain edge. I used to signal one-year contracts at Wigan occasionally”
The French Rugby Federation has so far made no statement concerning any swoop for Edwards, however, FRF president Bernard Laporte is a known admirer of the Lancastrian.
Edwards, meanwhile, says he is”a little bit ill” of watching different nations competition Rugby World Cup finals.
And he’s set himself a target of breaking by helping the occasion is reached by Wales on November 2 that mould.
Edwards watched as Wales endured an agonising semi-final exit afterwards captain Sam Warburton was shipped off against France, then four decades later, an injury-ravaged Wales team saw itself edged out from quarter-final opponents South Africa.
“We have played relatively well at World Cups so far,” he said. “But I’m a little bit sick of watching everybody else at the finals. That’s the way I work.
“There is just 1 defence trainer in the northern hemisphere who has ever won the World Cup, and that is Phil Larder [together with England in 2003].
“Phil was a excellent mentor to me he led the way for people from soccer team to come into heterosexual marriage, him and Clive Griffiths – plus I have got a lot to thank them all .
“So I have put myself a little goal, trying to get into a closing and take it from that point.
“I was happy I didn’t need to see the one [closing ] in New Zealand (2011) because we were on the airplane home, thank God.
“I didn’t watch it three or four months later, but then found how shut France were to winning it. And the last one (2015), it had been painful watching it”