Leeds Rhinos boss Richard Agar misses play-off due to Covid

Leeds Rhinos coach Richard Agar (Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)Leeds Rhinos coach Richard Agar (Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Leeds Rhinos coach Richard Agar (Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
FORMER Great Britain star Sean Long has started his role as Leeds Rhinos assistant early - as head coach Richard Agar will miss next week's sudden-death play-off for Covid reasons.

A member of Rhinos' coaching staff has tested positive two others in that department - including Agar - have had to stand down.

Challenge Cup winners Leeds are due to face Catalans Dragons next Friday for a place in the Super League semi-finals.

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It was announced less than two weeks ago that Long, 44, would join the staff for 2021 but the ex-St Helens scrum-half has now started with immediate effect.

A Rhinos statement read: "Leeds Rhinos can confirm that a member of the club’s coaching staff has produced a positive antigen test result for Covid 19.

"As a result, that member of staff has been isolating this week. Because of that positive test result, two further members of the coaching staff are also self isolating, including Head Coach Richard Agar, to comply with the national guidelines.

"Richard Agar will continue to have an active role in preparations for next week’s Betfred Super League play off clash with Catalans Dragons with Assistant Coach James Webster leading the coaching staff, including Sean Long who joined up with the squad today, in training next week.

"All three members of the coaching staff currently isolating are due to return to work after next weekend."

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