"This has been an incredibly difficult decision to reach," Edwards said in a statement. Edwards, considered among rugby's foremost defence coaches, has been linked by media to roles with England and France following a successful Six Nations in which Wales conceded the fewest points and tries.
The 52-year-old Edwards verbally agreed to become coach of rugby league club Wigan from 2020 but — after requesting more time to consider his future in March — he chose not to take up the position. "We have won four Six Nations titles during my time with Wales, but I sincerely hope and believe that the best days are yet to come and I am fully focused on seeing what we can achieve in Japan," Edwards said.
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