Former Manu Sevens coach sues Samoa Rugby Union

joyetter@samoanews.com

Apia, SAMOA — Damien McGrath is not going down without a fight. The former Manu Samoa Sevens coach that was sacked recently filed a civil case against Samoa Rugby Union for wrongful dismissal and defamation and he’s asking for $1million tala for damages.
 
McGrath is represented by Sarona Ponifasio and the matter will be recalled on December 16, 2016. McGrath who left Samoa in August took up a coaching job in Canada.  Prior to leaving Samoa, McGrath said he could not put into words feelings to properly thank so many wonderful people who had helped and supported him in Samoa.
 
“Despite the disappointing end to my stay I am truly humbled by the support I have received over my dismissal and I will try and thank everyone personally for their incredible messages.”
 
 “Unfortunately I have still been given no reason for the termination of my contract so the matter is in the hands of a solicitor. Until now I have made no comment on the matter publicly despite the SRU’s frequent utterrings in the press,” McGrath said.  He also referenced allegations of an “outburst” by Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.
 
“However after the latest outburst by the Prime Minister I feel I must defend myself and my reputation and to this end I have released a detailed statement to the press.” Samoa News messaged McGrath on his Facebook page however as of press time he has yet to respond. In conclusion McGrath said that he believes that God has a plan for all of us and “I feel blessed that mine included this opportunity in Samoa.” - See more at: http://www.samoanews.com/content/en/former-manu-7s-coach-sues-samoa-rugb...

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