Shaun Edwards has made his first look within the blue of France after being unveiled as les Bleus’ new defence trainer.
Edwards spent virtually 12 years in a an identical position with Wales, construction a powerful popularity, and departed along head trainer Warren Gatland following the aspect’s fourth-place end on the International Cup.
France also are at the beginning of a brand new generation having been overwhelmed 20-19 by way of the Welsh within the quarter-finals of the event, with Fabien Galthie taking up from Jacques Brunel in command of the group.
Edwards will paintings below Galthie and along group supervisor Raphael Ibanez, who he as soon as coached at Wasps.
Talking after being offered with the remainder of a new-look training team, which additionally comprises Laurent Labit, William Servat, Karim Ghezal, Thibault Giroud and Nicolas Buffa, Edwards mentioned: “I am satisfied to enroll in France’s journey along Fabien and Raphael.
“My function is to maximize the rate of the defensive play within the French group. This system has already been a hit up to now.”
Edwards, 53, helped Wales to to 4 Six International locations titles, 3 Grand Slams and two International Cup semi-finals all the way through his spell with Gatland.
His subsequent transfer was once at the beginning anticipated to be a cross-code transfer again to rugby league as head trainer of Wigan, a deal he as soon as seemed set to embody however in the end subsidized clear of, bringing up a loss of preparation time.
It had gave the impression he was once being coated as much as stay with the Welsh Rugby Union however, whilst he’s going to nonetheless be concerned within the acquainted surroundings of the Six International locations subsequent 12 months, it’s going to be as a part of a special dressing room.
France kick off their marketing campaign towards International Cup runners-up England on February 2, with Edwards’ Welsh reunion scheduled for Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on Feb 22.