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    Former Leinster Scrum Coach Goes To Employment Tribunal

    Hopefully Cracker won't be wumming his way through the tribunal hearing otherwise he might get treated with the same degree of contempt as is found on these pages.


    Rugby international takes case against Leinster to employment tribunal

    Province says Reg Corrigan’s contract ended because of financial constraints

    Former Irish international rugby player Reg Corrigan lost his coaching position with the Leinster branch of the IRFU in breach of employment legislation, he has claimed at an Employment Appeals Tribunal hearing. Mr Corrigan is seeking compensation for the loss of his position as scrum coach with Leinster in 2012.
    In a short opening statement his counsel, Frank Drumm, told the tribunal Mr Corrigan was unfairly dealt with and his dismissal was without recourse to proper procedure.
    Claire Bruton, for the Leinster branch of the IRFU, said Mr Corrigan had been employed as a scrum coach for the professional game in the province on a two-year contract with a 12-month break clause. This meant he coached professional players for the Leinster team. In her opening statement she said that following a restructuring in 2010 Mr Corrigan was given a second fixed-term contract with a six-week notice period and given responsibility for coaching the “domestic” game in Leinster. This meant he dealt with amateur players in rugby clubs and schools.

    She explained that in April 2012 , and following restructuring, the decision was taken to end the position. Mr Corrigan, she said, was paid until the end of July 2012. He was not replaced at the time and has not been replaced since.
    Philip Lawlor, Mr Corrigan’s former line manager who has held a series of positions with Leinster over a 20-year period, said Leinster rugby was organisationally divided between the professional team and the “domestic” game involving clubs and schools.

    Scrum coach
    Funding for the domestic game, he explained, came from the IRFU with some administration functions paid for by the Leinster branch. He said Mr Corrigan was scrum coach to the professional side under Michael Cheika.

    However, when Joe Schmidt became head coach in the 2010-11 season he brought in new consultants including Greg Feek, a scrum coach.
    Mr Lawlor said that given Mr Feek’s speciality Mr Corrigan was given a new contract to provide a new “scrum culture” within the domestic game over a two-year timeframe. The difference in salary between the two contracts was €20,000, he said. Mr Corrigan began in his new role working with the 75 rugby clubs and 22 rugby-playing schools in Leinster.
    Restructuring was forced upon Leinster in 2009-10, Mr Lawlor said, due to the economic climate, and the province received €860,000 in funding from the IRFU – down from more than €1 million. He said a decision was later taken by himself, Leinster chief executive Mick Dawson, Joe Schmidt and Colm McEntee, academy manager at Leinster, to dispense with Mr Corrigan’s services.
    The next hearing of the case will be on May 30th.
    The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

    If he wins he'll give man of the match to the Leinster branch's counsel.
    "It’s not the team you support, it’s the club you should support. The team on the pitch will ebb and flow because that’s the nature of sport. No team has ever been successful decade on decade. The club has the history and that’s the passion you should have."


      Does St Joe not have a shred of compassion in him. How could he do that to Weggie
      "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

      Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

      Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP