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Banned Manly Sea Eagles coach John Hopoate takes NRL battle to Supreme Court

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Former rugby league international John Hopoate has followed through with his threat to save his coaching career by taking the NRL to the supreme court.

On Friday afternoon he lodged papers asking for the court to declare the sport’s governing body has no jurisdiction over the NSWRL-run SG Ball competition.

The NRL has claimed Hopoate is not of “a fit and proper character” to mentor young and impressionable men after a senior NSW police officer wrote a letter to Nick Weeks, the head of the NRL integrity unit, warning them about “open-sourced” information that linked the NRL’s most suspended player to criminal figures.

Parents of the junior players Hopoate  has coached over the last 21-years have disputed the notion the 42-year-old is a negative force.

Hopoate has said he was perplexed by the NRL’s findings after he was hand-picked by the organisation last year to participate in a coaching course that is recognised as a pathway to coach at the first-grade level.

On Friday afternoon he fulfilled his threat to take the matter to the NSW Supreme Court by lodging papers to determine the following: A declaration that he has the right to be engaged by Manly Sea Eagles as a junior rugby league under 18’s SG Ball coach;A declaration that the NRL has no jurisdiction over the under 18’s SG Ball competition;A declaration that the NSWRL has full jurisdiction over the under 18’s SG Ball competition;A declaration that the NRL Limited and any judiciary panel under the NRL Limited do not have jurisdiction to prohibit John Hopoate from coaching in the SG Ball competition;An order as to costs.

Hopoate stood down as coach of his team last weekend in order to avoid the Sea Eagles receiving a breach notice.

He’s understood to be shattered by the situation and fears it could possibly be some sort of personal vendetta against him.

“On or about 22 December 2015, the NRL sent a reply to the Manly club stating to the affect that my involvement with the club’s under 18 SG Ball competition is subjected to the NRL rules,” Hopoate said in his affidavit.  “Out of respect for the club I have voluntarily stood down from coaching SG Ball as the Manly Sea Eagles have been threatened with a breach notice attracting enormous fines and threatening loss of points to the club.

“I seek a declaration by this Honourable Court that I have the rights to be contracted by the company [Manly] as a junior rugby league team coach and to specifically to coach SG Ball. I seek a declaration from this Honourable Court that the NRL and any judiciary panel under the NRL do not have the jurisdiction to prohibit me coaching in the under-18 SG Ball comp.

“I seek a declaration that under the rules the NRL does not have jurisdiction over coaches of the SG Ball competition.”

Leading Sydney sports lawyer Darren Kane wrote in his column for Fairfax Media last week that after examining the rules surrounding the SG Ball that the NRL did not have the legal power to prevent Hopoate from coaching in the SG Ball.

“Despite the bluff, the NRL has no power to require John Hopoate or any other SG Ball coach to be registered with the NRL,” Kane wrote. “Further, the NRL has no power to determine that Hopoate isn’t “fit and proper”, regardless as to whether this is the correct assessment. 

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