The Welsh Rugby Union have expressed their delight after keeping Shaun Edwards out of the clutches of England for a second time.
The WRU confirmed they had concluded a deal which would see Edwards remain as Wales defence coach for at least another four years.
The move ended any chance of former Great Britain rugby league star Edwards joining England's coaching team in the build-up to the 2015 World Cup.
Edwards had been a free agent since leaving his role as Wasps head coach just under two weeks ago, with his previous Wales contract expiring at the end of the World Cup last month.
The 45-year-old was heavily linked with a role with England, with Martin Johnson's future as manager in some doubt following the side's dismal showing on and off the field in New Zealand.
But if the crisis-ridden Rugby Football Union were thinking about appointing Edwards to any position on their coaching staff they have missed out again, having also failed to prise him from Wales three and a half years ago.
WRU chief executive Roger Lewis, who acknowledged Edwards had been in huge demand across Europe, said: "I concluded negotiations with Shaun over the weekend and am extremely pleased to be able to announce we have secured his services for the WRU up to and including the Rugby World Cup in 2015.
"We have an outstanding team of coaches and backroom staff working under WRU head coach Warren Gatland and Shaun's role as defence coach within that team is something quite unique.
"Talks began informally and discreetly in New Zealand with Shaun, and have continued over the past two weeks. I am particularly pleased to add that, in addition to his extended senior national team duties under Warren, Shaun will also be working with WRU head of rugby Joe Lydon within the WRU National Academy.
"Shaun will work with the Wales Under-20s, 18s and 16s. This is part of our strategy to ensure our coaches have influence over our elite players early in their development."