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  Monday, 26 November, 2001, 18:27 GMT
Barrett pays tribute to Fittler
Australia's Trent Barrett tells BBC Sport Online that he was privileged to play in the same team as outgoing skipper Brad Fittler.
BBC Sport Online columnist Trent Barrett is confident Chris Anderson will be able to resume his coaching duties with Australia and says he was privileged to play in the same team as Brad Fittler.

All our thoughts are with Chris Anderson as we make our way back home.

To claim the Ashes by winning the third and deciding Test was obviously a big moment for me and the rest of the team, but rugby has taken a back seat in the wake of what happened to our coach.

We haven't been to see Chris in hospital but we've been saying prayers for him.

Being coach of Australia is a hard job. It's not something I would like to do.


Freddie is one of the greats of the game and I'm proud to have played in the same team as him
And losing the first Test cannot have helped his stress levels. The defeat at Huddersfield may well have contributed to his heart attack.

But everyone is keeping their fingers crossed and we hope to see him soon.

He is a fighter and a really good fella. This won't beat him.

As Chris recovers, Freddie - Brad Fittler - is getting used to the fact that his international career is over.

He is one of the greats of the game and I'm proud to have played in the same team as him.

At 29, there are those who say he could have gone on for a few more years. But his body was obviously telling him otherwise.

He has clearly decided it is best to concentrate on his club rugby, with the aim of picking up another trophy with the Roosters.


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