March 14, 2018
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Former Flying Fijians Coach dies

Former Flying Fijians Coach Mac McCallion has died after losing his battle with cancer.

He passed away in New Zealand on Tuesday night. He was 67.

He joined Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) as its head coach in 2002 and took the Flying Fijians to the Rugby World Cup in 2003 where the team won 2 matches and lost 2 and failed to reach the quarterfinals.

McCallion was named New Zealand coach of the year in 1996 and 1997 for his work with the Counties NPC team.

He was Graham Henry's assistant at the Auckland Blues during a four-year spell that saw them reach three consecutive Super 12 finals, lifting the trophy in 1996 and 1997 before losing to Canterbury in the 1998 final.

By Reginald Chandar


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