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MacDonald collapses in Auckland match

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Duncan Johnstone

Concern … Hoani MacDonald.

Concern … Hoani MacDonald. Photo: Getty Images

FORMER Melbourne Rebels player Hoani MacDonald collapsed with a suspected heart attack during an NPC Championship division match near Auckland yesterday.

The Southland second-rower went down during the first half of his side's semi-final clash against Counties Manukau in Pukekohe.

CPR was performed on the 34-year-old, who was taken by ambulance to Middlemore Hospital in a serious condition.

MacDonald played 23 Super Rugby matches for the Highlanders between 2004 and 2008 and after spending time with Welsh side Newport Gwent, signed a two-year deal with the Rebels for the 2011 season.

After sustaining a serious hand injury in Melbourne's opening game, he returned home to New Zealand early this year.

Meanwhile, it's not just the young All Blacks who have stepped up to the mark this season, the new coaches have proved their worth as well.

Assistant coach Ian Foster and defence coach Brian ''Aussie'' McLean have justified the faith Steve Hansen showed by bringing them on board for the new-look top table after last year's World Cup.

The selections raised a few eyebrows at the time but Foster and McLean have silenced any critics with influential roles in improving the performance of the world champions.

Foster has relished the opportunity to work with the best players in the business and his backline has operated with sizzle and style.

The high-paced approach took a while to settle in but after demolishing Ireland in the third test in Hamilton they started to find their rhythm against the next best teams in the world in the Rugby Championship.

And as good as the attack has been at times, the defensive work under McLean has been the foundation of their victories. When things were tight in the second test against Ireland and the early rounds of the Rugby Championship, relentless defence was the key ingredient to setting up eventual wins.

For Foster, it's been about growing into his new environment after a long apprenticeship at NPC and Super Rugby level. It's fair to say he's grown increasingly comfortable and so have the players and management around him with the ways of the Waikato stalwart.

''It takes a bit of time,'' Foster admits. He never got to play for the All Blacks but was earmarked by the New Zealand union as a potential coach at the highest level with his appointment as Junior All Blacks coach. There was even investment put into him during the 2008 Grand Slam tour when he travelled and trained with Sir Graham Henry's team for part of the tour. It was a move for the future and one which gave Foster the faith to stay patient, resist overseas offers, in his belief that a chance would eventually come.

''When you are a coach it's a fantastic honour to be involved in coaching your country. I didn't go into it worrying about it being post-World Cup and all those perceptions. You go in and say, 'It's a great honour and you're going to give it everything you've got'.''

That's exactly what he's done.

Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00Olym
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00Olym
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45Olym
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45Olym
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Round 2
Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
Sun, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
Sat, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00Olym
Sun, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
WSF1 0vs WSF2 0 03:00Twic
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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