NZ player collapses on field

2012-10-20 07:48

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.


  • dragonfire47 - 2012-10-20 08:34

    shocking, what is happening, my boss collapsed at home yesterday and is in icu, wishing Hoani a speedy recovery

      martin.botha.5264 - 2012-10-22 01:19

      I'd like to meet you old fat twat Mac, you only need one PO£S Klap!

  • TheReal.EuanB - 2012-10-20 09:04

    This is becoming 2 common now. It must b in the nutrition or suppliments these top athletes take. What if theres a defective suppliment on the shelves that we dont know of.

      pat.martin.5036 - 2012-10-20 09:25

      When one considers the strain these athletes are putting on their bodies, I feel it's surprising it doesn't happen more often. (Thank goodness)

      macziekpk - 2012-10-20 09:31

      Yes the defective supplements are called steroids and they are not on the shelves, they are under the counter

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-10-20 11:02

      Rich coming from a bulls supporter!

  • pat.martin.5036 - 2012-10-20 09:20

    That is terrible! Must have shaken the team. All the best and a speedy recovery.

  • brenton.english.1 - 2012-10-20 10:08

    Boksmart!! Learn it. Call me if your club/ school requires training.

  • kevin.gleeson.54 - 2012-10-20 10:10

    Good they did CPR and got him back, a great skill to learn, you never know when you could save a life, speedy recovery Hoani.

  • johnnycranko - 2012-10-20 14:04

    Couldn't resist adding the end score of the match, sport journo till the end.

  • jacobus.damon.733 - 2012-10-20 19:02

    Just wondering: when are the corrupt government officials and such, of our beloved country, due for something like this??? The shock of their miserable lives; literally and figuratively speaking??

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-22 05:58


  • willie.dique - 2012-10-21 07:56

    Good Luck and may you recover completely and quickly. Blessings.

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-22 05:36

    All the best Hoani. He did not collapse during an incident. I saw the match. He took a line-out ball, started jogging to the ruck that was set-up by the backs on the other side of the field. Half-way there he just collapsed, with no-one around him.

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