Court sets date for security cost hearing

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FORMER MANU SEVENS COACH: Damian McGrath is suing the Samoa Rugby Union.

FORMER MANU SEVENS COACH: Damian McGrath is suing the Samoa Rugby Union.

The hearing of the latest development in the lawsuit brought by a former coach of the Manu Samoa Sevens against his employer, the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.), has been set for next Monday, 13 February 2017.

Damian McGrath is suing the Samoa Rugby Union over its decision to prematurely end his contract with them last year. 

McGrath is now coaching Canada while the Manu Samoa Sevens has acquired the services of former New Zealand coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens.

McGrath’s lawyer, Sarona Ponifasio told Talamua Online that on Monday, the S.R.U. asked for $110,000 security costs from her client.

She said the S.R.U. had previously asked for $90,000, but when she responded with their own amount, S.R.U. sent in the latest amount of $110,000.

 “Now the Court would have to set a hearing date for the security costs, before the actual claim against S.R.U. is heard in full,” Mrs. Ponifasio told Talamua.

Last weekend, Manu Samoa failed to win a game on the first day of the Wellington Sevens, relegating them to the Challenge Cup. Canada on the other hand progressed to Cup finals and were unlucky to finish fourth.

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