Cape Town - Former Lions head coach and Springbok assistant coach Dick Muir is suing the Lions Rugby Union over alleged breach of contract.
According to Netwerk24, Muir is claiming R4.6m from the union, formerly known as the Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU), after his three-year contract was allegedly ended after only one year in 2010.
In court documents submitted to the labour court in Johannesburg, the GLRU denies the claim and said Muir was paid R900 000 too much during his time with the union.
Muir, who helped the Springboks prepare for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, was at times absent for as long as a month.
The GLRU claims "wrongful payments" for all those months Muir was absent.
Muir said his agreement with the GLRU was a full-time position with a monthly salary of R200 000, which equals R2.4m per year.
He was initially appointed as head coach and director of rugby for the period between November 2009 and October 2012, but the last time he received payment was for October 2010.
He now claims R2.4 and R2.2m respectively for the last two years he was not paid.
Muir said his contract with the GLRU was never terminated via a written statement.
The GLRU says Muir needed written permission from SA Rugby to join them, which he never had.
Therefore, the GLRU claims SA Rugby was supposed to repay them for the months Muir was at the Boks.
Muir denies that there was ever an agreement that SA Rugby should compensate the GLRU while he was away at the Boks.