John Connolly (rugby)

John Connolly (rugby)

John "Knuckles" Connolly (26 June, 1951 in Brisbane) is a rugby union coach and the former head coach of the Wallabies. Connolly has in the past worked with the Queensland Reds, Stade Français, Swansea RFC as well as Bath Rugby.

As a rugby player, Connolly played hooker for the Brothers club in Brisbane. From 1980 through to 1982, Connolly acted as a player and a coach for a rugby team in Darwin. His first major coaching position was with the Brothers club in Brisbane in 1983, acting as the reserve grade coach for three years, taking the team to two premierships. Subsequent roles came to him as he was appointed as the Under 19s and Under 21s Queensland rugby union coach. In 1989, Connolly took up a coaching position within the Queensland Rugby team. In 1991, Connolly served as an Australian selector. During his time with Queensland, the side won the Super Six in 1992 and the Super 10 Championship in 1994 and 1995.

With the inception of the Super 12 competition in Australia in 1996, Connolly continued his position at the Queensland Reds. The Reds won the minor premiership that year, and Connolly went on to win the Super 12 Coach of the Year award in both 1998 and 1999, the Reds also winning the minor premiership in 1999 as well. He went over to France the following season, where he took up a position at the Stade Français rugby club. The club won the premiership during the 1999-2000 season and were Heineken Cup finalists that same year as well as the next. In Wales he then coached at Swansea RFC.

He then took up a position at the Bath Rugby club in England, where Michael Foley had been signed as their forwards coach, Foley had previously played as hooker under Connolly at the Queensland Reds. Connolly was awarded the Zurich Premiership Director of the Year award as well and Bath won the minor premiership in the 2003-04 season. Bath went on to meet the London Wasps in the final, with the Wasps winning in the end. The following year they were finalists in the Powergen Cup.

In early February 2006 Connolly was appointed as the new head coach of the Australian team.cite web | | title=John Connolly appointed Head Coach of Qantas Wallabies|url=,40617.html| accessdate=5 May | accessyear=2006] In his first Test in charge, Australia defeated England in the first of two games in Australia. Australia then finished second in the 2006 Tri Nations Series. Following the defeat to England in the Quarter-Finals of the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Connolly's term as coach of the Wallabies had expired.

He got his nickname, 'Knuckles', as a nightclub bouncer in Darwin years ago.


External links

* [,40617.html John Connolly appointed Head Coach of Qantas Wallabies]
* [ 'Knuckles' still has point to prove]
* [ Article on John Connolly versus Eddie Jones]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Нужна курсовая?

Look at other dictionaries:

  • John Connolly — may refer to:*John Connolly (musician) *John P. Connolly (actor), actor *John Connolly (author) (b. 1968), Irish author whose best known novels revolve around former policeman Charlie Parker *John Connolly (bishop) (1750–1825), second bishop of… …   Wikipedia

  • John Connolly — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Connolly. John Knuckles Connolly, né le 26 juin 1951 à Brisbane en Australie, est un entraîneur de rugby à XV. Après avoir entraîné notamment les Queensland Reds et le Stade français, il entraîne l équipe d… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Connolly (surname) — Connolly is a common Irish surname. Following is a list of notable people with the surname Connolly: Alan Connolly (born 1939), Australian cricketer Billy Connolly (born 1942), Scottish comedian Brian Connolly (born 1945), vocalist for band Sweet …   Wikipedia

  • Connolly — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Connolly peut désigner : Patronyme Connolly est un nom de famille notamment porté par : Billy Connolly (né en 1942), humoriste, acteur,… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Equipe d'Australie de rugby a XV — Équipe d Australie de rugby à XV   Australie …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Equipe d'Australie de rugby à XV — Équipe d Australie de rugby à XV   Australie …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Équipe d'Australie de rugby à XV — Australie …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Équipe d'australie de rugby à xv —   Australie …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Équipe d’Australie de rugby à XV — Équipe d Australie de rugby à XV   Australie …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Australia national rugby union team — Rugby team country = Australia union = Australian Rugby Union sponsorname = Qantas Wallabies nickname = Wallabies emblem = the Wallaby captain = Stirling Mortlock coach =flagicon|New Zealand Robbie Deans from = 2006 caps = George Gregan (139) top …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”