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Ex-Leeds Rhinos coach helping keep “tabs” on Super League stars & could use experience to get them to NRL

Former Leeds Rhinos boss Richard Agar has taken up an opportunity in Australia as assistant at New Zealand Warriors.

The Warriors are, according to Stuff NZ, hoping that his experience in Super League as a former Hull FC, Wakefield and Leeds Head Coach and a former assistant at Warrington to identify Super League talents who could add to the Warriors.

Speaking with Stuff NZ, Agar himself has believes there are many young English players who could shine in the NRL and believes that the disparity in wages could see them tempted.

He revealed that he and his fellow coaches at the club including former Hull KR assistant Andrew Webster, are already keeping “tabs” on some Super League players.

He’s also willing to use his experience to help the Warriors in this department but noted that it will be up to others first and foremost.

“We saw in the England game last week, there are some very talented players in the Super League,” Agar said.

“Because of the disparity in wages and salary caps, English players can generally earn more money if they decide to come to the NRL.

“Having a genuine desire to come is really important, because it is a big change. You’re a long way from home, the game and lifestyle is different. It’s an unbelievable challenge, but it’s not for everyone.

“I know of a number of players who’ve come over and found it too difficult to settle.

“I’m sure we’ll have conversations, we already have about some of the younger players who are worth keeping tabs on.

“But just because there’s an English coach at the Warriors now doesn’t mean we’re going to be signing player after player from the Super League.”

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