Richard Agar to join NRL side as assistant coach in 2023

Richard Agar Leeds Rhinos

Former Leeds head coach Richard Agar has signed a two-year deal as an assistant coach for New Zealand Warriors from 2023. 

Agar, 50, has coached over 200 Super League games across stints with Hull, Wakefield and the Rhinos.

He will work under incoming head coach Andrew Webster from the 2023 NRL season. The pair will also work together for Samoa at this year’s World Cup in England.

“Richard has tremendous experience in top level coaching and will add huge value to our coaching team,” said Warriors CEO Cameron George.

“He’ll provide terrific support for our new head coach Andrew Webster in his role alongside his fellow assistant coaches Stacey Jones and Justin Morgan.”

More on Richard Agar

Agar started his coaching career with the York City Knights in 2003. He then stepped up to the Super League where he guided Hull from 2008-2011 and then Wakefield from 2012-2014.

He was also a part of Tony Smith’s coaching team at Warrington.

Most recently, he led Leeds Rhinos from 2019 until 2022, when he resigned as head coach. The Rhinos did confirm that he had a future role at the club, but will now make the move Down Under next season.

In 2020, he coached Leeds to Challenge Cup glory, defeating Salford 17-16 at Wembley.

Agar has also previously coached France on the international stage, taking the side to the quarter-finals in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. Along with Webster, he joined Samoa’s coaching staff this year.

Signing news

Earlier this week, the New Zealand Warriors confirmed the signing fo Te Maire Martin on a three-year deal from 2023.

The 26-year-old made a remarkable return to the NRL this year after a bleed on the brain forced him out of the game in 2019. He will make the move from Brisbane Broncos.

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