Ex-Leeds Rhinos target and Featherstone Rovers boss Ryan Carr takes new coaching role

When Richard Agar departed Leeds Rhinos earlier in the season, one name dominated the headlines as to who would replace the former Wakefield Trinity boss at the helm at Headingley.

That name was Ryan Carr, who was head coach of Featherstone Rovers back in 2019, with the Australian once branded as the ‘hot favourite’ to take over the reins at Leeds.

Carr was no stranger to the Rhinos’ set-up having worked on the coaching staff, working with Agar, but Carr failed to earn promotion with Rovers.

Instead, the 33-year-old guided Featherstone to the Million Pound Game where the West Yorkshire side eventually fell to the Toronto Wolfpack, missing out on a Super League spot.

Carr was coach of Parramatta Eels’ New South Wales Cup team, but has now been promoted to assistant coach to Brad Arthur following David Kidwell’s exit.

Former Warrington Wolves star and New Zealand international Kidwell, has taken a role with the Argentina rugby union squad which left the gap open for Carr to slot in beside Arthur.

The Eels are currently doing it tough in the NRL, going down to a resurgent Canterbury Bulldogs side at the weekend as Mick Potter weaves his magic in Belmore.

Leeds, of course, went with former Bradford Bulls boss Rohan Smith who has overseen two wins from four games, steering the Rhinos away from the bottom places in the Super League table to sit ninth.

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