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Gatland's delight at Edwards' decision.

Byline: Simon Thomas

WALES coach Warren Gatland last night expressed his delight at Shaun Edwards' decision to stay on with the Grand Slam winners.

Gatland said he had been confident that defensive guru Edwards - who turned down England to sign a three-year deal with the WRU - would continue as his assistant.

"He shook my hand after the Six Nations and said he would like to stay on," said the Kiwi.

"When a man of the values of Shaun Edwards does that, you know he is going to stay.

"It's fantastic news. It's great for Wales that he's going to be on board through to the next World Cup.

"It's very pleasing to keep the same coaching team together.

"There's a big back-room team of people who all deserve a lot of credit.

Without them we wouldn't have enjoyed the success we have."

Wales star Martyn Williams last night echoed Gatland in celebrating Edwards signing up until 2011.

"So it's a huge lift for us to hear that he's staying," said the Cardiff Blues flanker.

"The biggest thing with Shaun is probably his winning mentality. He has so much self-belief and a hard edge which is something we may have lacked in the past."

Williams had further reason to celebrate last night after leading the Blues to a 35-26 victory over the Scarlets in a classic Magners League Welsh derby at the Arms Park.

Blues report: pages 38&39
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 12, 2008
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