Rising rugby star Sean Robinson is making a "remarkable recovery" from a serious head injury after an alleged assault this month.
Robinson, 19, has woken and is this week being moved to a rehab centre in Porirua.
He was flown to Wellington Hospital after an alleged assault in a Masterton car park about 2.30am on June 15 and put into an induced coma after an operation to reduce pressure on his brain.
His mother, Cynthia Duffy, said the days since had been every parent's worst nightmare.
But her son had defied the odds and was making an incredible recovery. Since waking up, he was now bored and keen to get back playing rugby.
He had no memory of the incident that "nearly killed him", she said.
Robinson, a fullback with the Masterton Pioneer Club's senior team, was the leading try-scorer in Wairarapa-Bush club rugby this season.
Assistant coach and manager Blue Hansen said Robinson's recovery was providing a heap of motivation for Pioneer to get to the club finals in late July.
Pictures of Robinson had gone up on the walls in the changing room and "everybody is talking about him".
"The call went out on Saturday in the second half to do it for Seany and we pulled through."
Duffy said it was still too early to tell whether Robinson would be able to play rugby again. "He reckons he'll be ready in a couple of weeks, but that's not going to happen."
Regan Smith, 18, a wing for Pioneer's senior reserve team, appeared in Masterton District Court last week charged with assault. He has been remanded on bail.
- The Dominion Post