Leeds Rhinos boss Richard Agar reveals the truth about World Cup coaching link

Last week, Richard Agar was seemingly linked with a World Cup coaching job.

That role would have been at Samoa, who are currently coached by Matt Parish.

However, Leeds Rhinos boss Agar has refuted such claims as speculation.

“That was putting two and tow together and getting 20,000,” Agar said.

“Matty Parish is a good mate of mine and I’ve had some conversations with him and I’ve given him some support.

“But, I’m definitely not going to be the head coach of Samoa at the World Cup.”

Harry Newman limped off the field last week in Leeds Rhinos’ victory over Wakefield Trinity and now Agar has given the prognosis.

“He’s had a reccurence of the hamstring injury that he had before,” Agar said.

“We’ve got some further tests coming up which is obviously disappointing as we couldn’t have been more careful with it – it was fully healed, we kept him back extra time.

“It was the collision that he went down in that did it, but he brought loads of energy to the team.

“It’s obviously a major disappointment for us and we are looking at similar timeframes but we’re being ultra careful,

“We couldn’t have been anymore careful, but I think it will be four to five weeks.

“He was fully ready to go we just kept him back to get some more high speed running in him.”

Agar will also be without the suspended Kruise Leeming and Cameron Smith as they welcome Hull FC to Headingley tomorrow night.

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