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Edwards to see out Wales contract

Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards will serve the remainder of his contract with the Welsh Rugby Union.

Edwards did not travel to Paris for Wales' RBS 6 Nations finale against France last Saturday. He had been suspended for a week following an alleged altercation with sports scientist Fergus Connolly at Wales' team hotel the night of their Six Nations victory over Ireland seven days previously.

But Edwards, who is also head coach of Aviva Premiership club Wasps, revealed that he met WRU group chief executive Roger Lewis in London on Thursday.

Writing in his Guardian newspaper column, Edwards said: "There are weeks you'd rather forget, and I hope that is precisely what I am allowed to do with this one.

"After a meeting in London yesterday and a few handshakes, I am still Wales defence coach and the matter of the scuffle following the Ireland game can, I hope, be laid to rest.

"Yesterday's meeting with Roger Lewis confirmed I will see out my Wales contract, starting with Barbarians at the start of June and going on to New Zealand in the autumn."

Edwards' existing WRU contract expires after the World Cup in October.

He started work with Wales ahead of the 2008 Six Nations campaign, when they won the title and Grand Slam, conceding just two tries during the entire tournament.

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