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Wales coach Warren Gatland claims he will not stand in the way if England attempt to poach Shaun Edwards.

Eddie Jones is looking for a new defence coach after his side-kick Paul Gustard joined Harlequins just a year outside the World Cup.

The RFU are keen to appoint an Englishman and Edwards, who has one year remaining on his Wales contract, is widely regarded as one of the most astute defence experts in the world.

Warren Gatland insists he will not stand in the way if England try to bring in Shaun Edwards

Warren Gatland insists he will not stand in the way if England try to bring in Shaun Edwards

World Cup winner Matt Dawson has claimed he is the perfect candidate for the Red Rose job - although official contact is yet to be made.

Gatland, however, has already held conversations with Edwards about his future and is prepared for all scenarios.

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'My attitude to my staff and coaches is that if opportunities come along, you've got to look at them if they are the best option for you and for your family and the future,' said Gatland.

'You have to realise these coaches are going to be out of a job post World Cup and this speculation is coming around now because there's an acceptance that is going to happen.

'People say these sorts of things are disruptive, but they aren't at all.

Players and staff are used to them and we've all been through situations where coaches have changed.

'With Shaun, there was the Harlequins thing and there's been talk about other codes and England as well, but I'm very comfortable.

'We've worked together for a huge number of years and I've got a lot of respect for him.'

Gatland, however, is keen for Edwards to remain in Wales until the 2019 World Cup.

The pair have worked together for more than a decade - with Edwards signing up as a coaching

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