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Leeds Rhinos boss Rohan Smith to help develop coaches of the future

Leeds Rhinos Foundation is launching a new Excel Coach Development programme which will be led by Leeds Rhinos head coach Rohan Smith.

The programme includes bespoke mentoring and development for coaches who have aspirations to progress up the Rugby League coaching pathway.

Criteria for coaches considering applying:
Currently involved with RL coaching and / or a Rugby League playing background

Aspirations to progress up the Rugby League coaching pathway to a professional level

Currently hold Rugby League coaching qualifications or are prepared to undertake these, including UKCC Level 3

Committed to self development and open to new ideas, concepts and methodology outside your comfort zone.

For more information or to apply email

Application to include informal Rugby League related covering letter and CV, with details of your background, reasons for applying and future aspirations.

Deadline to apply 7pm on Tuesday 7th February.

As he prepares to be a key member in this, Rohan Smith is preparing for the 2023 Super League season and after their defeat to Leigh Leopards he saod:

“Good conditioning, good hit out, good tough game.

“Heavy field in the middle so it was good conditioning, we had a decent brand of what we’re trying to create without executing too well. The process stuff was pretty steady today.

“Both halves of the game were pretty hard fought, it’s almost impossible to tell in friendlies when people are coming and going to see what the strength of the opposition is but Gannon and Sinny did well. I was pretty positive with how we played overall.

“I didn’t check the numbers but I would say we didn’t have much field position today but that doesn’t phase us too much. We looked comfortable.

“We had a couple of moment, an interesting pay the ball where the vocab on the referees mic could be interesting.

“But in the end it was a good hard game of football today and that’s what we were concerned about.”

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