Chiefs coach Strawbridge flown back to NZ

Chiefs Assistant Coach and Manu Samoa Technical Advisor Andrew Strawbridge
has been successfully transferred to Waikato Hospital and is stable.

Strawbridge became ill on the flight to Samoa for the Test against the All
Blacks and Strawbridge was admitted to hospital overnight on Tuesday with an
infection in his right eye and his condition deteriorated rapidly.

His condition continued to stabilise and he remained under sedation while Medical
staff made arrangements for his transfer to New Zealand.

Andrew Strawbridge arrived in Hamilton by Air Ambulance at 6.20pm on Firiday
evening after being stable enough to travel from Apia in Samoa.

He now remains in a critical condition in the Waikato Hospital Intensive Care
Unit.

Chiefs CEO Andrew Flexman and Chairman Dallas Fisher were at Hamilton Airport
for the arrival of Ambulance.

Chiefs Head Coach Dave Rennie said “It has been a difficult time for Straws,
his family and all of those who are close to him.

It is fantastic to have him back and we appreciate all the work that has gone
on to get him home by the medical staff, Manu Samoan aiga, New Zealand Rugby
and the Chiefs.

“There are lots of people who love and care about Straws and that has
been highlighted by the huge number of messages of support we have received.”

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