By 3 News online staff
Chiefs assistant coach and Manu Samoa technical adviser Andrew Strawbridge has woken up from a coma and is in a serious but stable condition.
Strawbridge fell ill on his flight to Samoa to join the team ahead of their Test against the All Blacks last week.
He was later admitted to a Samoan hospital with an infection in his right eye and his condition deteriorated rapidly.
Strawbridge has since been taken back to New Zealand and is now in the Waikato Hospital intensive care unit.
"Despite not being out of the woods yet, Strawbridge has been talking to medical staff and to his wife Laura and sister Susan," a Chiefs Rugby spokesperson says.
"He has asked Laura for a text message to be sent to Dr Dave Galler in Samoa, thanking him and his team for saving him and helping him get home alive."
Meanwhile, the Manu Samoa team has sent a video for Strawbridge.
"[It] has been received with great joy by the family and will be shown to Strawbridge this afternoon," Chiefs Rugby says.