Wales assistant coach Shaun Edwards has signed a new four-year contract, the Welsh Rugby Union has announced.
The deal will take Edwards, who has been part of Warren Gatland’s Wales coaching team since 2008, through to his third World Cup in Japan in 2019.
The WRU group chief executive, Martyn Phillips, said in a statement. “Shaun has shown great loyalty to Wales since he came into the role back in 2008 and as the squad prepare for their next campaign and looking further ahead to the next four-year cycle it is important they have the structure and resources in place.”
The former Wigan and Great Britain half-back had been linked with a return to rugby league.
Edwards said: “It is fantastic to work alongside such a dedicated and talented group of players and to be part of a strong management team. Warren has assembled a great team off the field and it’s a great environment.
“I get to work alongside some of the best coaches and management in the world and alongside some of my best friends in the game Rhys Long [WRU head of analysis] and Paul Stridgeon [WRU consultant head of physical performance].
“For me it is great to have signed through until 2019, but as I always have done, my focus is always on the next match and the next competition, which for us is the Six Nations.”