Former Rhinos ace Mercer interested in Headingley return as coach of Carnegie

Gary Mercer.
Gary Mercer.
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FORMER Leeds Rhinos player Gary Mercer is interested in returning to Headingley as coach of rugby union sister club Leeds Carnegie.

The 15-a-side outfit are in the market for a team boss after another ex-league man James Lowes quit this week to take charge at Bradford Bulls.

Mercer, who had two spells as a player at Leeds and was Castleford Tigers coach in 2004, applied for the Carnegie job last year, before Lowes was appointed.

The 48-year-old New Zealander left rugby league in 2005 to work in the rival code with Glasgow Warriors, where he was defensive coach.

Since 2012 he has been Scotland’s under-16s head coach, but he is believed to be keen to return to England as his son Zach is attracting interest from several Premiership clubs.

Mercer declined to comment, but is understood to have contacted Carnegie to express an interest in the head coaching role.

Mercer, came to England in 1987 as a player with Bradford Northern. He played for Warrington, Leeds, Halifax, Warrington and Leeds again and Castleford before moving into coaching.

Originally a winger, he finished his career in the second-row. He also earned 21 caps for New Zealand.

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