Rugby

NZ player collapses on field

2012-10-20 07:48
Hoani MacDonald (Getty Images)

Wellington - A prominent New Zealand rugby player, Hoani MacDonald, who has played in Australia and Wales, collapsed with a suspected heart attack in a New Zealand championship match on Saturday.

The 34-year-old middle-rower required vigorous CPR treatment for more than five minutes before he could be moved from the field and rushed to hospital.

Fairfax media quoted a stadium staff member as saying: "We got him back."

MacDonald, a former New Zealand Junior and New Zealand Maori representative, was playing for Southland against Counties-Manukau in a semi-final match when he collapsed midway through the first half.

A Southland team spokesperson said it was not known whether he collapsed during an incident on or off the ball, but spectators said MacDonald was treated for a suspected cardiac arrest after he fell clutching his chest.

Counties-Manakau won the game 48-23.

In 2008, MacDonald left New Zealand to play for Welsh side Newport Gwent Dragons before moving to Australia in 2011 to play Super Rugby for the Melbourne Rebels.

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