Assistant coach Lowes departs Rhinos
Leeds Rhinos have confirmed James Lowes has left his position as assistant coach to take up a new role outside of the sport.
Lowes, who played for Leeds from 1992-96, returned to the Yorkshire outfit in July last year in a coaching capacity and, along with new director of rugby Kevin Sinfield, he managed to guide the club to Super League safety.
The 49-year-old took up the assistant role this season following the arrival of David Furner as head coach but the former Great Britain hooker has been released with immediate effect to take up a new job outside of the sport.
Confirming Lowe's departure, Sinfield expressed his gratitude while also revealing ex-Hull FC, Wakefield and France boss Richard Agar has been brought in on a temporary basis.
"On behalf of everyone at the Rhinos, I would like to thank Jimmy for his efforts at the club. I know he is excited about the new challenge ahead of him and he leaves with our best wishes," he told the club's official website.
"In the interim, Richard Agar will join the first team coaching staff combined with his role as Head of Player and Coach Development. Richard is a vastly experienced coach and will be a great addition to the coaching staff."
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