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McKee responds as team rocked by shock retirements

February 1, 2019 10:22 am
Nemani Nadolo

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians coach John McKee is aware of the retirements of Timoci Nagusa and Nemani Nadolo from international duties.

Montpellier wing Nagusa and Nadolo quit international rugby just eight months from the start of the World Cup in Japan.

Nagusa and Nadolo quit international rugby just eight months from the start of the World Cup in Japan.

McKee says their decisions did not make the news any easier to digest.

He says he had been in personal contact with both the players prior to the announcements over recent days and fully understand their decisions.

McKee thanked the two veteran backs for what they’ve given to the national team over the last decade.

He says Nadolo and Nagusa have not guaranteed yet that they would make the final selection for RWC.

He adds they have a very good depth of players who can play well at the highest level of the game in Test Match Rugby and a lot of competition across the team to make the final selection for RWC 2019.

“I had been in personal contact with both players prior to the announcements over recent days and fully understand and respect their decisions.”

Meanwhile, Fiji is pooled with Australia, Wales, Georgia and Uruguay in Pool D.

The Rugby World Cup will be held on the 20th of October to the 2nd of November in Japan.