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Matt Dawson reveals who he thinks should be England's next defence coach

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For England, their start to 2018 hasn't particularly been a strong one.

Despite being standout favourites to walk away with this year's Six Nations Championship, Eddie Jones' men finished in fifth, having won just two of the five matches played.

Ireland walked away with the trophy in triumphant fashion, finishing a massive 11 points above Wales in second. England, on the other hand, ended the campaign with just ten points, nine less than the previous year where they finished on top.

Ahead of the Red and Whites' clash with the Barbarians this Sunday, one of the side's former star players has declared who he thinks should replace Paul Gustard as the side's defence coach.

Former scrum-half Matt Dawson - now known for his appearances on quiz show A Question of Sport - believes that England should raid their fiercest rivals of one of their star coaches.

Dawson accumulated 77 appearances for the national side during his playing career, becoming an integral part of the 2003 World Cup-winning side. He even earned himself places on three consecutive British and Irish Lions tours from 1997-2005.

As per the BBC, Dawson believes that Wales defensive coach Shaun Edwards is the perfect successor to Paul Gustard, who is leaving his role with the national side to take over the Harlequins.

Gustard himself also has a history of playing the game, winning four Premiership titles with the Leicester Tigers.

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Edwards has been Warren Gatland's right-hand man ever since arriving at Wales in 2008 but is only under contract with the side until next year. The 51-year-old was also interviewed for the Quins' head coaching role, suggesting that he is willing to part ways with his current employers.

Dawson, who worked under Edwards at the London Wasps, encouraged the RFU to recruit their man.

He said: "All England players would benefit from Edwards' rugby experience. Ask anyone who has had Shaun as a coach over the years and they'll say he significantly developed them as players and people."

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Dawson also believes that the England job would appeal to Edwards, potentially adding to his two Grand Slams and a Six Nations title during his time at Wales.

He continued: "Deep down, surely this would be the biggest gig he is yet to serve in a phenomenal career."

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England Rugby
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Harlequins

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