Hoani MacDonald

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Hoani MacDonald
Full name Hoani MacDonald
Date of birth (1978-08-21) 21 August 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Invercargill, New Zealand
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 111 kg (245 lb)
Notable relative(s) Jamie Joseph (cousin)
Jack Macdonald (great-uncle)
Dan Udy (great-great-uncle)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock, flanker
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2008–10 Newport Gwent 40 (10)
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2000–08, 2010–12 Southland 52 (15)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2004–08, 2012
Melbourne Rebels
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
New Zealand Māori
Junior All Blacks

Hoani MacDonald (born 21 August 1978) is a former New Zealand rugby union player who played provincial rugby for Southland, and as well as the Highlanders in Super Rugby.

In September 2008, he joined Welsh side the Newport Gwent Dragons in the Magners League.[1]

MacDonald signed with the Melbourne Rebels for the 2011 Super Rugby season.[2]

On 20 October 2012, MacDonald suffered a cardiac arrest in a match for Southland against Counties Manukau in an ITM Cup semi final. He had CPR performed on the pitch, before being transferred to hospital and placed in an induced coma.[3] MacDonald was in hospital for one week and doctors fitted him with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. As a result he retired from playing rugby.[4]


  1. ^ "Dragons sign Highlander MacDonald". UK: BBC Sport. 18 June 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Smith, Wayne (23 April 2010). "Melbourne Rebels add Greg Somerville, Hoani McDonald to ranks". Australian (News). Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Stags' Hoani MacDonald in induced coma". Stuff.co.nz (News). 20 October 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Tahana, Yvonne (19 February 2013). "Survivor puts his heart into charity". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 

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