Rugby league: Former NZ Kiwis, NRL forward Frank Pritchard reportedly on life support with COVID-19 complications

Former NZ Kiwis and NRL forward Frank Pritchard is reportedly fighting for his life with COVID-19 complications.

According to Channel Nine, 38-year-old Pritchard is on life support in a Sydney hospital due to complications from battling the virus, including a collapsed lung.

Taking to Twitter, Bulldogs general manager of football Phil Gould confirmed the news of Pritchard's condition.

"Hearts and prayers are with former Bulldog Frank Pritchard who is in hospital battling Covid," Gould writes.

"We send all our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery. Our love to Frank's family and friends."

Pritchard played over 200 games in the NRL across stints with Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs.

He retired at the end of the 2017 season, after a stint playing in the UK Super League with Hull FC, before returning to the NRL with Parramatta Eels.

In the international game, Pritchard played 27 tests for the Kiwis from 2005 to 2013 before switching allegiance to Samoa, for whom he played eight times, and captained at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.