Sharksworld has been reliably informed that former Wallaby coach John “Knuckles” Connolly has applied for the head coaching role at Griquas that will be vacated by Dawie Theron when he becomes SA Under 20 coach later this year.
The 59-year-old Connolly first rose to prominence as coach of the virtually unstoppable Queensland side that captured a pair of back-to-back Super 10 titles in the mid 1990s. He coached the Reds in the first three years of the Super 12 competition, back when they were still a formidable outfit who regularly made the semi finals, before moving on to Stade Francais in Paris, who he lead to a national title as well as two Heineken Cup finals. A stint at Swansea in Wales was then followed by a successful tenure as head coach for Bath.
Connolly returned to his native Australia in 2006 to take up the Wallaby coaching job, which he held until the end of the 2007 World Cup, when he was replaced by Robbie Deans.
It’s not at this stage clear who else has applied for the Griquas job – we believe that Nico Serfontein, who has just been snapped up by the Lions, was also keen to apply. It would be absolutely astounding, though, if there were to be any other candidates with Knuckles’s pedigree, though. If I were Griquas, I’d be biting his arm off!Tweet