Shaun Edwards reveals biggest influence was former PE teacher, Steve McLeod

Shaun Edwards has revealed the biggest influence on his coaching career - his former PE teacher at St John Fisher High School.

Sunday, 31st January 2021, 1:11 pm
Updated Sunday, 31st January 2021, 1:18 pm
Former St John Fisher High PE teacher Steve McLeod

The Wigan legend is helping prepare France for the start of the Six Nations this weekend.

He played under some of rugby league's great coaches, including John Monie, during his glittering career and has worked alongside the likes of Warren Gatland in the 15-a-side code.

But when asked in an interview by Sir Clive Woodward in the Mail on Sunday where his coaching style comes from, he said: "It's been a privilege working with the likes of Warren and Geech and of course you are always going to learn from them, but actually my biggest influence is still my PE master at John Fisher RC school in Wigan. Mr Steve McLeod.

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I can't praise him enough. He was brilliant and way ahead of his time.

"He had us young kids training with weights and circuits, he was organised and emphasised the importance of winning and being tough but he was also well aware of welfare needs for young kids. No more than two matches a week. I would have played twice a day."

Edward was appointed defence coach of France after making a U-turn on his decision to return to his hometown club.