Southland lock Hoani MacDonald has started to come out of an induced coma as he recovers from going into cardiac arrest during his team's ITM Cup Championship division semi-final on Saturday.
Rugby player Hoani MacDonald has been joined by his family in Auckland's Middlemore Hospital and New Zealand Rugby Union General Manager Professional Rugby Neil Sorensen said on Sunday that he was showing signs of recovery.
"Southland Stag Hoani Macdonald has started to come out of an induced coma and is showing early positive signs including acknowledging questions and recognising people around him," said Sorensen.
"While this is positive news, he remains in intensive care at Middlemore Hospital and his condition is described as stable.
"Hoani's family remain at his bedside and have expressed thanks for the massive outpouring of love and support from the New Zealand public.
"The family have asked for continued privacy through this testing time."