Former Counties coach and Blues assistant Mac McCallion dies

Author
Matt Brown,
Section
Rugby,
Publish Date
Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 11:57AM
Mac McCallion successfully coached at Counties Manukau, the Blues and the Fijian national team. (Photo \ Getty Images)

The rugby community is mourning the passing of former Counties Manukau coach Mac McCallion after a battle with cancer.

The 67-year-old coached the Steelers in the mid to late 1990's and was the New Zealand coach of the year in 1996 and 1997.

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He assisted Blues coach Graham Henry to Super Rugby titles in 1996 and 1997 and later coached Fiji.

Counties Manukau CEO Bart Hoggard says it's a very sad day for the union.

"He was a big part of the glory days of Counties in the early nineties with Jonah [Lomu], and Joeli [Vidiri] and Errol Brain. He had a very successful time coaching Counties, as well as the Blues."

Because he was a Vietnam war veteran, McCallion will have a military funeral.

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