Time to pay back to the sport that save players

The Highlanders and Jaguares match will go ahead but no fans will allowed into the stadium. Picture: DIANNE MANSON/GETTY IMAGES

Fijians in the Highlanders team are simply fortunate to be in an industry that has a chance of surviving the coronavirus crisis, says head coach Aaron Mauger.

The former Crusaders and All Black midfielder delivered a much-needed dose of realism to the deep pay cuts coming in rugby.

Jona Nareki, Kiri Kuridrani and Tevita Nabura are playing for the Highlanders.

“We’re still in a position to be talking about future competitions,” Mauger told Stuff.co.

“There’s a lot less fortunate whose businesses are going under.”

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