He later played for Auckland against the touring American All-Stars in 1953 and in a 5-4 defeat of Great Britain in 1954. Edwards made his debut for the New Zealand Kiwis in 1951 on the tour of Great Britain. He played in a total of 17 test matches, including a tour of Australia in 1952 and the 1954 World Cup.
He had the distinction of being the first scorer in Rugby League World Cup history, with a try after only five minutes in the first match against France on 30 October 1954. He scored 20 tries in a total of 45 matches for the Kiwis. Edwards died in the Auckland suburb of Mount Eden on 30 July 2015.