Fijian manager slams players
December 15, 2003

Team manager Joe Browne has heavily criticised the Fijian players who contested the World Cup in Australia.

Browne presented a report to the Fiji Rugby Union on the weekend, and he didn't hold back with his assessment, calling the players unfit, claiming they did not know the rules, and suggesting that they had ultimately forced the resignation of coach Mac McCallion because they missed the quarter-finals.

"We didn't have the money, the time, the selection of players when they came in - they didn't have the fitness level and we spent time trying to get them fit, teaching them the rules and skills, this is too much for the coach," AFP quoted Browne as saying in his report.

"The Fijians of all the teams, had the potential to be the best players, but potential alone is not enough. They have to be able to exploit their potential and that's where they are lacking."

"If Fiji is to compete in the World Cup effectively, there should be shift in paradigm in terms of attitudes, skills and a training program," Browne added of the campaign that saw Fiji miss the last eight as a result of a last-gasp try in the loss to Scotland.

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