Dragons head coach Darren Edwards leaves region
February 28, 2014
Newport Gwent Dragons head coach Darren Edwards has left the region with immediate effect.
Edwards joined the Dragons in 2009 as backs coach and was promoted to head coach in 2011. But he has opted to leave the region and will take a break before embarking on a new role.
"After five seasons my time with the Dragons has come to an end. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here working with some fantastic players," Edwards said. "In professional sport it is important that you continue to challenge yourself and develop and I have decided that now is the time for me to do that.
"In agreement with the Dragons I am leaving at this stage of the season, as it will enable me to spend time with my wife and young sons before moving onto my next challenge. It is good to see the Dragons in a healthy place and having a great win at Rodney Parade last Sunday."
Director of rugby Lyn Jones added: "It's a shame to see Darren leave the region after his long tenure here. As a former Newport RFC player he has brought a lot of experience to the role of head coach at the Dragons.
"Being with the club for five years - I admire his decision to take a break before his next role. Personally I have enjoyed his company and working alongside him, and hope that he keeps in touch."
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