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Rhinos name Agar as interim head coach

Following the sacking of David Furner, Richard Agar will take temporary charge at Leeds after he was named interim head coach.

Agar initially came to the Rhinos as head of player and coach development, but he was promoted to assistant coach after James Lowes departed last month.

And now the former Hull and Wakefield boss incredibly finds himself in the top job, for a short while at least, as the club look for Furner’s permanent replacement.

There is no word yet on whether Agar is interested in becoming the new head coach, but a few positive results will surely put him in the running.

Speaking last month on becoming assistant coach, the 47-year-old said he had no plans for a long-term return to coaching but that could change if things go well.

In the club’s statement this morning, Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield said: “We are fortunate to have a coach of his (Agar’s) experience already on our staff which means we do not need to rush into making a permanent appointment.”

As mentioned, Agar has previously been the head coach of both Hull FC and Wakefield Trinity, receiving rave reviews for the job he did at the latter.

More recently he was assistant to Tony Smith at Warrington for three years, before leaving to take up a coaching role in St George Illawarra’s backroom staff.

Agar joined the Rhinos prior to this season very much in the background to first-team matters, but that has all changed in the space of four months.

Leeds next two matches are against Bradford this Saturday in the Challenge Cup, before they host Castleford Tigers at Headingley Stadium a week on Thursday.

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