5 Sep 2016

Sport: Lawyers called in to resolve Samoa 7s sacking

11:26 am on 5 September 2016

Lawyers have been called in after the Samoa Rugby Union sacked sevens coach Damian McGrath.

The Englishman was dismissed on Friday following a meeting of the SRU Board, despite having close to two years remaining on his contract.

Samoa sevens coach Damian McGrath.

Damian McGrath Photo: Facebook / Manu Samoa

McGrath led Samoa to ninth place in the recent World Sevens Series, including a win in the penultimate leg in Paris, but the Manu failed to qualify for the Olympics, losing to Spain in the final qualifying match.

Local players had already begun pre-season training in Apia for the upcoming World Series campaign, which kicks off in December.

Samoa captain Faalemiga Selesele can't stop Ignacio Martin from crossing for the winning try.

Samoa were beaten by Spain at the death. Photo: World Rugby / Martin Seras Lima

Samoa Rugby CEO Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai said the failure to reach Rio played a major role in the Board's final decision.

"We can only pick ourselves up and look to the future. What areas are we doing well and which areas and lessons can we use to move forward."

The sevens head coach and team manager positions have already been re-advertised with applications due to close next Friday.

Faleomavaega said the current management were all welcome to reapply for their jobs.

Samoa in the changing rooms after winning the Paris Sevens.

Samoa in the changing rooms after winning the Paris Sevens. Photo: World Rugby / Martin Seras Lima