Fiji disappointed by Hughes snub

Date published: May 5 2015

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Fiji head coach John McKee has revealed his frustration after Nathan Hughes rejected the offer to link up with the national side.

Hughes has enjoyed an excellent season with Wasps and is eligible for selection by Fiji, Samoa and England.

The 23-year-old will qualify to play for England in 2016.

With that in mind, Hughes made himself unavailable for Fiji with McKee consequently severing his ties with the rising star.

"We’re disappointed he’s not going to be available for us at the World Cup. I travelled around England and France in March and April — meeting about 40 players and coaches face to face — but when Nathan said he wasn’t going to be available I decided not to catch up with him in person," McKee told the Daily Mail.

"Nathan’s been playing very well for Wasps. I spoke to him prior to the autumn and quite recently on the phone.

"But for any player who has a choice between two countries, there will always be financial considerations.

"Those finances will always lead a player to England over Fiji because we don’t have that sort of money and can’t compete. Players don’t play for Fiji for money — they do it for the pride of representing their country.

"There are lots of factors — we’ve got other talented players and we move on."

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