Rugby Chiefs assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge in critical condition

Assistant coach of Super Rugby side Chiefs Andrew Strawbridge is critically ill in a Samoan hospital.

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Chiefs assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge is in a critical condition in a hospital in Samoa, after falling ill while travelling for the All Blacks Test.

Strawbridge - a technical advisor to Samoa's national side - was admitted to hospital on Tuesday with an infected right eye, but a statement from his Super Rugby club claimed "his condition deteriorated rapidly", and he has since been moved to the intensive care unit at the Moto'otua National Hospital.

"We are touched and overwhelmed by the kindness and alofa [love] shown to us by friends and strangers and the wider rugby community," Strawbridge's wife Laura said in a statement.

"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."

Acting Samoa Rugby Union 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."

Chiefs CEO Andrew Flexman added: "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."

The All Blacks defeated Samoa 25-16 in their historic first competitive visit to the Pacific island nation on Wednesday.

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