Shaun Edwards has spoken for the first time about his decision not to become Wigan’s coach after finishing his 12-year stint with Wales in union as well as the prospect of joining France’s revolution after the World Cup.Edwards made a verbal agreement last year to join Wigan – the club where he enjoyed considerable success as a player – but changed his mind in April, after Wales had won the Grand Slam. The Welsh Rugby Union then offered him a new contract but he turned it down because it contained a break clause after two years.France, whose manager after the World Cup will be Raphaël Ibañez, a player at Wasps when Edwards coached the club, were in May reported to have agreed a four-year contract but nothing has been said since. Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Wigan Warriors Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Since you’re here… Reuse this content Rugby union France want Shaun Edwards after World Cup as defence coach spurns Wales offer Wales rugby union team France rugby union team news Rugby league Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Asked if he and his fellow Wales coaches had extra motivation because it was their last World Cup, Edwards replied: “I will be at the next World Cup because I am going to France. Seriously we have done a lot of good things in the last 18 months and we have to take it on to the big occasion, doing it when it really matters.“Nothing has been announced with France. There are a few things to sort out, so it is not definite. I have gone into the last two World Cups not knowing if I will have a job afterwards. I used to sign one-year contracts with Wigan. I prefer to be on the edge.”Edwards said he decided not to take over at Wigan because he questioned his experience for the role. “It was very difficult and it is best not to say too much. I said Wigan needed a more experienced rugby league coach than me and I was right. They are doing well under Adrian Lam and I think they will win the Super League again this year.”The Rugby World Cup is one of the few trophies Edwards has not picked up in his playing and coaching career. “I am sick of watching everybody else in the finals, that’s how I work. I have set myself the target of getting into the final and taking it from there.“When I started with Wales, if a northern hemisphere union beat a southern hemisphere one in the autumn, it was big news. There are now a lot more of us beating them. We are working hard on our tackling technique because one thing I have learned is not to have a player sent off. A slightly mistimed challenge could cost you.”
Four stories in the news for Monday, Oct. 16———FEDS TO CUT SMALL BIZ TAX RATE TO NINE PER CENTJustin Trudeau will belatedly honour his campaign promise to cut the small business tax rate to nine per cent as his government scrambles to undo the damage from weeks of controversy over proposed tax reforms for private corporations. The prime minister is to announce the reduction today, along with changes to the tax reform proposals in a bid to re-establish the Liberals as the champions of middle-class Canadians. That title has been tarnished as doctors, lawyers, accountants, shop owners, farmers, premiers and even some Liberal backbenchers denounced the reforms.———ONTARIO COLLEGE FACULTY GO ON STRIKEFaculty at 24 Ontario colleges have gone on strike, affecting more than 500,000 students. The Ontario Public Services Employees Union says the two sides failed to resolve their differences by Sunday’s midnight strike deadline. The strike involves more than 12,000 professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians. The union’s last proposal called for called for improvements in job security and for faculty to have a stronger voice in academic decision making. But the colleges said the demands would have added more than $250 million in annual costs.———MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS ACROSS ALBERTA TODAYMunicipal elections are being held in Alberta today, with the race for the mayor’s chair in Calgary drawing the most attention. Naheed Nenshi is seeking his third term, but a victory is far from assured. Nenshi was the first Muslim mayor of a major North American city when he was first elected in 2010, and his popularity and affable style gave him a national profile. But polls indicate the race this time between he and Calgary lawyer Bill Smith is too close to call.———MONTREAL’S ‘SPOONMAN’ BUSKER RETIRINGAfter more than 20 years of clacking cutlery in front of Ogilvy’s department store, one of Montreal’s best-known buskers says he’s getting ready to hang up his spoons, at least part of the time. Cyrille “Spoonman” Esteve is 65 years old, and has been a fixture of the city’s downtown for years. But he says changes to municipal bylaws that require him to move his setup — which includes a sound system — every hour, have made it too difficult for him to continue.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Poverty and housing organizations hold a press conference to discuss the upcoming National Housing and Anti-Poverty Strategies.— The Bank of Canada releases the autumn issue of the Business Outlook Survey and the Senior Loan Officer Survey.— The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls holds a community hearing in Winnipeg.
Here is your chance to meet Jennifer Aniston when you attend the premiere and premiere after-party of SAG and Golden Globe-Nominated film CAKE on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 in Los Angeles!A new celebrity charity auction is giving you this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to raise money for FutureCorps, a non-profit that unites innovative and deep-thinking professionals from diverse backgrounds in health, education and economic empowerment to tackle the most pressing issues of our time. Find out more about FutureCorps here.Don’t miss your chance to congratulate Jennifer Aniston and her fellow cast-mates on their critically acclaimed performances! The film’s producer, Kristin Hahn, is looking forward to personally introducing you and your guest to attending cast members at this very special event.CAKE is an American drama written by Patrick Tobin, directed by Daniel Barnz, and starring Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Anna Kendrick, and Sam Worthington. Aniston portrays an acerbic woman who becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic-pain support group. As she uncovers the details of the suicide, she grapples with her own personal demons. Jennifer’s performance has earned her best actress nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award.This auction is open until January 12, and can be accessed here.
April 5, 2004‘Farewell’ to Ayano Atsumi [front middle white shirt]. Ayano has been part of the Soleri Archives team for the past 9 months. Her contributions and hard work have pushed the ongoing work in archives many steps forward. Her thoughtful input has made a lot of the tasks more efficient. We thank Ayano for all of her good work and we will miss her. [Photo: Siobhan Watts & Text: sa]‘Farewell’ to Ayano Atsumi [front middle white shirt]. Ayano has been part of the Soleri Archives team for the past 9 months. Her contributions and hard work have pushed the ongoing work in archives many steps forward. Her thoughtful input has made a lot of the tasks more efficient. We thank Ayano for all of her good work and we will miss her. [Photo: Siobhan Watts & Text: sa]