Photos of Shaun Edwards at The Events Room LunchThursday May 19, 2016
Shaun Edwards Talks Frankly at The Events Room Lunch in Morgan's Hotel, Swansea
What a way to spend a Friday afternoon, eating fantastic food and listening to the frank and knowledgeable Wales Rugby Union defence coach, Shaun Edwards.
The Events Room had organised a lunch at the wonderful Morgan's Hotel in Swansea, hosted by Phil Steele and featuring a question and answers session with Shaun Edwards. For any rugby supporter, like me, this was a great opportunity to listen to the honest and frank words of one of the most respected coaches in the game.
During the lunch, all the guests had opportunities to purchase their own piece of sporting memorabilia with signed rugby shirts from sports stars including Sam Warburton and Gareth Bale. There were also auctions for shirts and rugby balls signed by Shaun Edwards.
There was a great atmosphere, with Phil Steele compering throughout and giving his own perspective of life as a Wales rugby supporter.
When Shaun Edwards stepped up to be interviewed by Phil, everyone in the room was on the edge of their seat. We were in the presence of one of the hardest men ever to play rugby in any code. Also, his achievements in both Rugby League and Rugby Union were outstanding. As a Rugby Union defence coach, he has been involved with some incredibly successful teams including Wasps and Wales, and was a member of the British & Irish Lions coaching team in 2009. I was pointing my camera lens at a Rugby Union and Rugby League legend.
The Wales defence coach gave an insight into his career in rugby and also the modern game. Rightly, in my opinion, he totally disagreed with one guest's comment that Rugby Union had become 'boring' and his passion for the game shone through brightly. However, his ethos was quite simple. If you work hard, you get the rewards. There was a true honesty to what he said and it was easy to understand why he is so highly regarded by players, coaches, the media and supporters, and how is a vital member of the successful Wales rugby coaching team.
As for his thoughts on Wales' Summer tour to New Zealand, he simply said that to be the best, you need to be playing the best. The challenges facing Wales down under are immence, but after listening to Shaun Edwards I have a little more belief.
It was a great afternoon and a selection of the photographs can be seen in the Sports Hospitality Event Photography section on the website.
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