Chiefs coach Strawbridge in critical condition

Chiefs Assistant Coach Andrew Strawbridge is in a critical condition on Moto’otua
National Hospital, Samoa after becoming ill on the flight to Samoa.

Strawbridge is one of the Chiefs assistant coaches but also doubles as the
Manu Samoa Technical Advisor and made the trip to Samoa for the All Blacks test
earlier this week.

Strawbridge was admitted to hospital overnight on Tuesday with an infection
in his right eye and his condition deteriorated rapidly.

He has now been joined by his wife Laura, and sister Susan. The family is extremely
grateful for the care Andrew is receiving from Dr David Galler and the staff
at Moto’otua Hospital.

Chiefs CEO Andrew Flexman said, “We truly appreciate the incredible support
that has been provided by the hospital staff, the people of the Samoan Rugby
Union, the All Blacks and the Chiefs players who are on the ground over there.”

Samoa Rugby Union acting Chief Executive Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai said:
“We are all deeply shocked at how quickly this has evolved and we are
very concerned for Straws’ health. We are now doing everything we can
to support him, Laura and their families.”

Laura Strawbridge said: “We are touched and overwhelmed by the kindness
and alofa shown to us by friends and strangers and the wider rugby community.
I would particularly like to thank the wonderful All Blacks supporter, here
for the Test match, who responded to the call for a donation of Andrew’s
blood type.

“The ICU team at Moto’otua Hospital, our Chiefs rugby family, our
Manu Samoa aiga and New Zealand Rugby have shown us open-hearted support at
this extremely difficult time.”

“I am also grateful to those players and coaches from both the Manu Samoa
and All Blacks teams who spent time with Andrew before I arrived, making sure
he wasn’t without a friendly voice.”

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