Show your support for Hoani

22:00, Oct 23 2012
Jodie Chilton
Jodie Chilton, of Rugby Southland, with a book that members of the public can sign in support of Stags player Hoani Macdonald.

Southland rugby followers who want to pass on their support to Stags player Hoani Macdonald can do so through a book at Rugby Southland's Rugby Park office.

The book, and a card, have been made available for the public to pass on their best wishes as Macdonald recovers from the cardiac arrest he suffered early in Saturday's semifinal against Counties Manukau in Pukekohe.

The 34-year-old has made significant progress since the weekend, but remains in a coronary ward at Middlemore Hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest during Saturday's national championship semifinal against Counties-Manukau in Pukekohe.

Macdonald was moved from intensive care to a coronary ward on Monday and Rugby Southland general manager Brian Hopley said they had received more positive news yesterday.

"He's up and about. He's moving around. He had a shower [yesterday]," he told The Southland Times.

"From what we understand, he's in a lot better shape. He's progressing well. We're really pleased for him and the family."


Macdonald will remain in the coronary ward at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital and undergo further testing to obtain more information about Saturday's event.

Stags manager Glenn Morrison had returned to Invercargill after staying in Auckland to check on Macdonald's progress and support him and his family.

Hopley said the Southland team had been shaken by Macdonald's ordea, but were pleased to hear he was on the road to recovery.

The team held a debrief session with former Southland legend and manager Leicester Rutledge after arriving back in Invercargill, which had been reassuring.

"We're continuing to monitor that. We're a fairly close-knit small union. It's like a big family," Hopley said

"It's impacted fairly widely. The boys are handling things pretty well."

Hopley said the Macdonald family wanted to thank everyone for their good wishes and support at such a difficult time.

The Southland Times