Ex-Leeds Rhinos coach Richard Agar reveals the former Hull KR coach who tempted him to the NRL

Last night Richard Agar spoke openly and honestly about his past with Leeds and his future with New Zealand Warriors whilst on Sky Sports coving Leeds’ battle with Hull KR.

Earlier this season, Agar stepped down as Leeds coach paving the way for Rohan Smith to come in and spark a Rhinos revolution at Headingley.

Agar was supposed to take on a new role at Leeds but instead has taken up the assistant coach job at New Zealand Warriors.

Speaking on Sky Sports he revealed the man who tempted him away from Leeds to the NRL and ironically – given he was at Craven Park as he opened up on his future – he revealed that it was a former Hull KR coach who had drawn him to the job with the New Zealand Warriors.

“Yeah I got a call from Andrew Webster a few weeks ago,” Agar said, “There were a number of jobs going in the NRL, he didn’t tell me which one he was in for so I had to sort of keep quiet and wait for him to phone me back.

“He says look are you interested in coming here and working with me and as you know when the pandemic was on and the borders were down, I had an opportunity to work in Sydney then and probably kicked myself that I didn’t take it because those opportunities don’t come around so often.

“It’s been a strong ambition of mine to test myself and work over there.”

Webster joined Hull KR as assistant coach in 2006 spending two years with the club before a brief stint at Paramatta prior to returning to the club in 2009 ironically coming up against Agar’s Hull FC in plenty Hull derbies as his brother James Webster played in plenty.

He would return to the NRL a few years later, spending time with the New Zealand Warriors and Wests where he took interim charge of the club for a short period.

He will however return to New Zealand Warriors as Head Coach for 2023 after a spell with NRL Champions Penrith and has decided to bring Richard Agar to the club with him next year.

Agar spent three years with Leeds dragging them away from relegation in 2019 before winning the Challenge Cup in 2020 and is clearly excited by the prospect of coaching down under having missed the opportunity in the past due to his commitment to Leeds.

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