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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 February, 2004, 01:15 GMT
Pivac named Fiji coach
New Zealander Wayne Pivac has been appointed the new coach of Fiji, succeeding compatriot Mac McCallion.

Pivac is the current New Zealand rugby coach of the year after guiding Auckland to back-to-back wins in the 2002 and 2003 provincial championships.

He acknowledged that financial problems and a player exodus to wealthier foreign sides would prove difficult.

"My position is not just about coaching the best players now, but finding the players of the future," said Pivac.

"We're going to place a lot of emphasis on developing the players in Fiji and not rely totally on overseas players, which may have been done more in the past."

McCallion quit, complaining of a lack of financial resources for Fiji rugby after the side failed make the quarter-finals of the World Cup last year.

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive Pio Bosco Tikoisuva was delighted at the appointment.

"At the end of last season, Wayne could have had pretty much any coaching position in New Zealand," he said.

"So I am delighted that he accepted our offer to coach Fiji."


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