Shaun Edwards has been appointed France's defence coach, the French Rugby Federation announced on Wednesday.
Edwards performed the same role for Wales under Warren Gatland, and left at the end of this year's World Cup after 11 years within the setup. Wales finished the World Cup in fourth place after losing to the All Blacks in the bronze final.
The 53-year-old was set to join rugby league's Wigan Warriors next year, but opted out of the move as he felt he wouldn't be able to prepare for the role adequately while still under contract with the Welsh Rugby Union.
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