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The Shaun Edwards Saga Has Taken Another Twist

The saga surrounding the future of the Welsh defence coach shows no signs of finishing any time soon

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The future of Wales’ defence coach Shaun Edwards has been under the spot light in recent times and it has now been confirmed that French Rugby have held talks with the coach.

Edwards has been offered a new contract by the Welsh Rugby Union despite head coach Warren Gatland’s departure post-World Cup.

Edwards has failed to give the WRU a response and it has now been revealed by French Rugby boss Bernard Laporte that the coach has left them waiting for a reply too.

“Unfortunately, he told us neither yes nor no. I would like, but it does not depend on me anymore,” Laporte said on the matter.

France would be looking for Edwards to take up a role alongside incoming head coach and former player Fabien Galthie, and possibly Raphael Ibanez, who is expected to be made team manager after the World Cup.

Ibanez is a man Edwards knows well as they worked together previously at Wasps.

“If it goes on much longer then I will be having some words with people to get it sorted out because there has been enough speculation and talk that has gone on,” Gatland said.

He also spoke about how the decision is only in Edwards hands and not anybody else’s.

“Someone needs to make a decision. It’s not up to Martyn Phillips, it’s up to Shaun Edwards. The Union have made an offer and they’ve made it in good faith. I think Shaun has to make his mind up where he’s going,” he added.

Wales are looking to add more silverware to their Six Nations Grand Slam title from earlier this year when they head to Japan and Edwards will be key to any success during that time and after if he stays on.

Although, Laporte is trying to rebuild France into the dominant force they once were, and Edwards would have the chance to be a part of that if he went overseas.

Either way an answer is expected soon before one of the side’s lose their patience.

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Cian Healy signs short term extension

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Ireland and Leinster loosehead prop Cian Healy has signed a 1 year extension to his IRFU contract up to the end of the 2021/22 season.

Cian is Ireland’s most capped prop forward having lined out for Ireland on 107 occasions to date. He made his Ireland debut against Australia in November 2009 and was selected for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour of Australia making two appearances before injury ended his involvement.

Cian has won three Six Nations titles with Ireland and represented Leinster on 226 occasions winning four Heineken Cup titles during his career in blue.

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented,

“Cian has been a cornerstone of both the Irish and Leinster packs for over a decade.  He has shown incredible resilience to come back from serious injury and perform at the highest level.  Cian has a lot to contribute to Irish Rugby and we are delighted that he has signed on for another year.”

Cian Healy, commented,

“My drive for success at both Leinster and Ireland is as strong as ever.  I am lucky enough to currently be part to two teams with the same mentality which is special and I look forward to another season of pushing boundaries and achieving our goals.

I’m loving my rugby as much now as I did at the very start of my career and looking forward to having our supporters back in stadia.”

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O’Mahony Signs Contract Extension with IRFU

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Ireland and Munster backrow Peter O’Mahony has signed a two year extension to his IRFU contract keeping him at Munster until 2023.

Peter made his Ireland debut in the Six Nations against Italy in 2012 and has gone on to win 74 caps and captain his country on eight occasions.  A Lions tourist in 2017, Peter captained the Lions in the opening Test of the series against New Zealand.

Peter has represented Munster on 141 occasions becoming captain of his province in 2013 at the age of 24.

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented,

“Peter has played a leadership role in Munster from an early age and is one of the senior leaders in the national squad.  He is a competitor and passionate about playing for both Ireland and Munster.”

Peter O’Mahony, commented,

“It’s a huge privilege to sign on with the province and country I’ve grown up in and dreamed of playing for. It’s been something I’ve been very open about saying from day one and its very pleasing to be able to continue the journey for two more years.

There’s a huge amount of responsibility that comes with representing both teams and I understand how much pressure there is to deliver silverware, however, I am incredibly enthusiastic on the position and competitiveness of both Munster and Ireland and I look forward to hopefully contributing to both, to succeed in delivering that success on the pitch.”

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Sexton extends contract

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Ireland and Leinster out-half Johnny Sexton has signed a 1 year extension to his IRFU contract up to the end of the 2021/22 season.

The 2018 World Player of the Year took on the Ireland captaincy in January 2020 and is one of Irish rugby’s most decorated players.

He has been central to both Ireland and Leinster’s success for over a decade following his international debut against Fiji in November 2009.

A two time Lions tourist in 2013 and 2017, Johnny has won three Six Nations titles with Ireland and four European Cups with Leinster.  He has represented his provinces on 171 occasions scoring 1505 points.

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented,

“Johnny continues to show he has the quality and appetite to compete at the highest levels.  He is playing an important leadership role with the Ireland squad and his insight and experience continues to be of great value to the group.”

Johnny Sexton, commented,

“I am really enjoying my rugby and I want to keep learning and adding value to both the Ireland and Leinster environments.   I am enjoying the challenge of captaincy and the added responsibility that it brings.  My appetite for success is the same as it ever was and the ambitions of both the Ireland and Leinster squads match my own.”

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