|A salute to Shaun: Wigan star to get a star in Wigan
The most decorated player in the history of rugby league is to get yet another honour.
Wigan legend Shaun Edwards, who was a record-breaking rugby league player and is now a successful rugby union coach, is to have his name immortalised in Wigan town centre. A star in his honour will be unveiled on Monday 2 September at a special ceremony outside Wigan Life Centre.
Shaun is the fifth person to be honoured with such a star – following fellow rugby hero Billy Boston, businessman John Winnard, broadcaster Stuart Maconie and heart specialist Dr Nayyar Naqvi.
All the stars are placed on Wigan’s own Hollywood-style “walk of the stars” - the pavement outside the recently opened Life Centre, the multi-million pound home of Wigan Council’s public services.
Lord Peter Smith, Leader of Wigan Council, will unveil the star in front of invited guests including Shaun Edwards and his family, his former teammate and the current coach of Wigan Warriors Shaun Wane and the chairman of Wigan Warriors Ian Lenagan.
Lord Peter Smith said: “It will be a great honour for me to unveil the star in recognition of Shaun’s outstanding sporting career. He’s become an exceptional coach in the other code of rugby, but here in Wigan Borough it was his rugby league playing career that made him a local legend.
“He was an essential part of the outstanding Wigan team that dominated the sport for so long during the 1980s and 1990s. Shaun’s record is second to none. He won the league eight times, the Challenge Cup nine times and the World Club Challenge three times.
“His playing days began at famous amateur club Wigan St Pats. He is a local lad through and through. I can think of nobody more deserving of a star in his hometown than Shaun.”
Born in 1966, Shaun played for Wigan from 1983 until 1997, making 453 appearances. He is the fourth highest try scorer in the club’s history. In 1990 he was crowned Man of Steel, the highest accolade in domestic rugby league. He played for Great Britain 36 times and in three world cups.