Connolly wins court battle with Queensland

    2017-09-01 12:41

    Cape Town - The Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) must pay former Wallabies and Reds coach John Connolly $150 000 in damages after he was sacked as a coaching consultant by the union.

    That was the ruling of Brisbane District Court Judge Ian Dearden on Friday after Connolly took legal action against the QRU when they sacked him in July 2015.

    This, after he was just six weeks into his $3 000-a-week position which he expected to keep until the completion of the Reds' 2016 Super Rugby campaign.

    According to an AAP report, judge Dearden ruled in Connolly's favour with calculations for interest and costs to be determined at a later date.

    The legal action was based on the termination conditions of the consultancy role, for which there was a verbal agreement and three contracts.

    But the court heard in August that none of them were signed by both parties.

    Connolly was coach of the Wallabies from 2006 to 2007 and the Reds between 1988 and 2000. His legal representatives said they would be seeking costs on an indemnity basis.

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