Long to join Leeds

Leeds Rhinos have confirmed that former Great Britain international Sean Long will join the club as Assistant Coach from the 2021 season.

Wigan-born Long has been part of the coaching team at Premiership Rugby Union side Harlequins since July 2019 but will return to the thirteen man code with the Challenge Cup winners.

Long began his playing career at Wigan before a brief spell at Widnes ahead of the move to St Helens, where he won every honour in the game.

He finished his playing days at Hull FC, moving to the KCOM Stadium in 2010 and announced his retirement in August 2011.

Long began his coaching career with Salford, before moving to St Helens in 2014. He spent five years there before joining Harlequins.

Commenting on the appointment Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield said, “We are very pleased to have agreed with Sean to join the club for next season.

“Sean has a great relationship with Richard Agar having played under him at Hull FC.

“He is also well known to our group of players. Last winter, Sean regularly joined us in pre-season and gave valuable insight to the group and especially our half backs and it is great that we can now bring him in on a full time basis.

Looking ahead to joining the Rhinos, Long said, “I am looking forward to working with Richard Agar again after our time at Hull.

“I have a massive amount of respect for Leeds as a club, they are one of biggest clubs in the world and as soon as I got the call off Kev and Rich, it was a no brainer to join the club.”

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