John "Knuckles" Connolly (26 June 1951 in Brisbane) is a rugby union coach and the former head coach of the Wallabies. Events 363 - Roman Emperor Julian is killed during the retreat from the Sassanid Empire. Year 1951 ( MCMLI) was a Common year starting on Monday. Events of 1951 January Brisbane ( is the state capital of Queensland. Brisbane is the third most populous city in Australia and the most populous city of Queensland Overview See also Playing rugby union A rugby union match lasts for 80 minutes (plus stoppage time with a short The Australian national rugby union team is the representative side of Australia in Rugby union. Connolly has in the past worked with the Queensland Reds, Stade Français, Swansea RFC as well as Bath Rugby. The Queensland Reds (for sponsorship reasons referred to as QR Queensland Reds) represent Queensland in the sport of Rugby union. Stade Français CASG (usually known as Stade Français and Stade Français Paris) are a French professional Rugby union club based in the Swansea Rugby Football Club is a Welsh Rugby union team which plays in the Welsh Premier Division. Bath Rugby (also known as just Bath) is an English professional Rugby union club that is based in the city of Bath.
As a rugby player, Connolly played hooker for the Brothers club in Brisbane. A Rugby union team is made up of 15 players eight forwards numbered from 1 to 8 and seven backs numbered from 9 to 15 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 Super 14 is the largest Rugby union football club championship in the Southern hemisphere, consisting of four state teams from Australia (Queensland/Reds The Queensland Reds (for sponsorship reasons referred to as QR Queensland Reds) represent Queensland in the sport of Rugby union. 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. This article is about the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic France topics. Stade Français CASG (usually known as Stade Français and Stade Français Paris) are a French professional Rugby union club based in the The club won the premiership during the 1999-2000 season and were Heineken Cup finalists that same year as well as the next. The European Rugby Cup (known as the Heineken Cup because of the tournament's sponsorship by Heineken) is an annual Rugby union competition involving leading In Wales he then coached at Swansea RFC. Swansea Rugby Football Club is a Welsh Rugby union team which plays in the Welsh Premier Division.
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. Bath Rugby (also known as just Bath) is an English professional Rugby union club that is based in the city of Bath. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Michael Foley was born 7 June 1967 in Sydney Australia With 50 caps as hooker for the Australian rugby union side between 1995 and 2001 he is Connolly was awarded the Zurich Premiership Director of the Year award as well and Bath won the minor premiership in the 2003-04 season. The English Premiership (known as the Guinness Premiership because of the league's sponsorship by Guinness) is a professional league competition for Rugby Bath went on to meet the London Wasps in the final, with the Wasps winning in the end. London Wasps is an English professional Rugby union team The men's first team which forms London Wasps was derived from Wasps Football Club who The following year they were finalists in the Powergen Cup. The EDF Energy Cup (also known as the Anglo-Welsh Cup) is an English and Welsh Rugby union knock-out cup competition featuring the
In early February of 2006 Connolly was appointed as the new head coach of the Australian team.  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.
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