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NZ Chiefs assistant coach in critical condition in hospital

Andrew Strawbridge took ill on a flight from New Zealand last week.

FILE: Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Critically ill Chiefs assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge is awake and communicating but remains in a serious condition in Waikato Hospital.

Strawbridge, who is also a technical advisor to the Samoa national rugby team, was admitted to an Apia hospital in Samoa last week with an infection in his right eye after taking ill on a flight from New Zealand before his condition deteriorated rapidly.

He was taken back home to New Zealand last Friday where he's since been treated and recovering at the Waikato Hospital in Hamilton.

"Andrew Strawbridge is awake and in a serious, stable condition in the Waikato Hospital Intensive Care Unit. Despite not being out of the woods yet, Strawbridge has been talking to medical staff and to his wife Laura and sister Susan," the Chiefs said in a statement.

The Samoan national side had also sent him a video message from the US, where they are preparing for the Pacific Nations.