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Revealed: The 2 former players who will take charge of Leeds Rhinos following Rohan Smith sacking

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Following the dismissal this afternoon of Leeds Rhinos head coach Rohan Smith, the club have revealed who will take charge of the side.

Following a string of poor results, culminating in an embarrassing defeat to Hull FC this weekend, he club made the decision to part ways with him .

New sporting director Ian Blease was only appointed last week, and started work on Monday. In the press conference, he revealed when asked about Smith: “I don’t know intimately what he’s been working on behind the scenes but I’ll spend time in the coaches room with him to see how he works.

“Iit’s too early for me to judge him at the moment.”

However, he, alongside CEO Gary Hetherington, has made the decision to make a change.

Blease said in the club’s statement: “Whilst I have only arrived at the club recently, I have seen from my meetings with the rugby staff and players how well respected Rohan is.

“We must manage this change carefully so the players can focus fully on their performances, starting this Friday against Leigh.
“My review of our rugby operation is ongoing and, clearly, the scope of those recommendations will now need to widen with Rohan’s departure.”

Duo take interim charge of Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos coaches Chev Walker and Scott Grix

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Blease also revealed who will take charge of the Rhinos for the upcoming fixture against Leigh Leopards.

He said: “That process starts now to appoint a new Head Coach who we believe will be talented and suitable to take the club into a new era.

“Assistant Coaches Chev Walker and Scott Grix will take the final training session of the week on Thursday and will be in charge on Friday night against Leigh.

“We then have no game next week for the International break so that will allow us to plan further into the future.”

Chev Walker has been with the Rhinos as a coach since 2020 but had a sparkling playing career, making almost 200 appearances for the Rhinos, winning Super League, and also represented England and Great Britain internationally.

He emded his playing career after spells with Hull KR and Bradford Bulls.

Scott Grix, meanwhile, spent most of his career at Huddersfield Giants, and only retired from playing in 2021 after playing for Halifax Panthers.

He also represented Ireland 22 times, and joins older brother Simon as a Super League interim coach.

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