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.
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.
LISTEN ABOVE AS BART HOGGARD SPEAKS TO MATT BROWN