Sport Rugby: Former Fiji coach McKee joins Force

08:50  23 october  2020
08:50  23 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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John Gregory McKee is a New Zealand rugby union coach . He is a former coach of the Fiji National 15s Team. John Mckee is a New Zealand-born rugby union coach , who is the head coach of Fiji 's 15s national rugby team. John Gregory McKee was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1957.

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Former Fiji national rugby coach John McKee has joined the Western Force as an assistant to Tim Sampson, the Perth-based side said on Friday.

John McKee wearing a suit and tie: FILE PHOTO: The Killik Cup - Barbarians v Fiji © Reuters/ANDREW BOYERS FILE PHOTO: The Killik Cup - Barbarians v Fiji

McKee was in charge of the 'Flying Fijians' from 2014-2019 and was credited with helping enhance high-performance pathways and raise the standards of the national side.

The Force, who were cut from the broader Super Rugby competition in 2017, played in Super Rugby AU this year and are likely to be part of the domestic competition again next year with uncertainty over COVID-19 travel restrictions.

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Former Scotland coach Vern Cotter accepted a three-year contract to coach Fiji on Tuesday. Cotter succeeded fellow New Zealander John Fiji head coach John McKee refused to single out his misfiring goalkickers after Uruguay stunned them 30-27 in a Rugby .

Rugby union in Fiji is a popular team sport and is considered to be the national sport of the country. The sport was introduced to Fiji in the 1880s. Fiji is defined as a tier two rugby nation by World Rugby . The national team has competed at the Rugby World Cup and made it as far as the quarter finals.

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"It was fantastic to see the Force in Super Rugby AU this year," McKee said in a statement. "The style of rugby they played throughout the competition showed how much potential there is within the group."

The Force went winless in the competition but were competitive in most of their matches, a good sign given they had not played at that level for three years.

They have embarked on a recruitment spree since the competition ended last month.

(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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