One minute silence for former Fiji fifteens coach

PRIME Minister and president of FRU Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama paid tribute to the late Mac McCallion for his contribution to the sport in the country.

Renowned as a tough, passionate rugby coach, McCallion passed away on Tuesday after a battle with cancer.

The 67-year-old was the Fiji Airwys Flying Fijians coach in 2002-2003. He took the national side to the 2003 Rugby World Cup which was held in Australia. A one-minute silence was held in the memory of McCallion during the FRU annual awards and gala dinner at the Sheraton Resort in Nadi on Friday.

“Prayers of the Fiji rugby family are with your loved ones,” Bainimarama said.

“It is the legacy of women and men like Mac that has built Fiji into the powerhouse rugby nation that we are today.”

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

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