Wales coach Shaun Edwards has not finalised his next move after the World Cup, with an agreed switch to rugby league side Wigan appearing off the table.
Wales’ defensive guru claimed his 50th career winners’ medal as player and coach as Warren Gatland’s men sealed the Guinness Six Nations Grand Slam with a 25-7 victory over Ireland in Cardiff.
I agreed with Wigan and thought we would sign a contract. But then Wigan said, ‘it’s OK, we’ll sign one later’, and I thought that was unusual.Shaun Edwards
The 52-year-old will depart his Wales post after the autumn’s World Cup when he insisted he will be a free agent despite having previously agreed a deal with Super League side Wigan.
“On my future, my next step really is to sign a contract, I haven’t signed a contract with anybody yet,” said Edwards.
“I haven’t signed a contract. The only team I’m not going to go to is Wales, because the new coach is going in a different direction.
“He wants to do something different. So that’s where I’m at at the moment. So as it stands, come the end of the World Cup I’m unemployed. So that’s where I am.”
Head coach Gatland will leave Wales after the World Cup along with Edwards, with Scarlets boss Wayne Pivac taking the helm for 2020.
Edwards spent 14 years with Wigan as a player in a stunning rugby league career where he earned 36 Great Britain caps.
He agreed a deal with Wigan nine months ago, but Edwards revealed the Super League club never produced a contract for him to sign.
He could now return to Wasps, where Edwards’ previous spell as a coach – under Gatland – and then head coach returned two European Cups and four Premiership titles.
“I agreed with Wigan and thought we would sign a contract,” said Edwards.
“But then Wigan said, ‘it’s OK, we’ll sign one later’, and I thought that was unusual.
“And that was nine months ago.
“I agreed to go to Wigan, but I never signed a contract.
“I’ll consider all offers, league, union.
“All I can say is that I haven’t signed anything with anybody.”
Italy’s losing sequence in the Guinness Six Nations extended to a record 22 matches but France were pushed all the way before prevailing 25-14 at the Stadio Olimpico.