South Africa Rugby World Cup winner Naka Drotske shot in attempted robbery

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Critical condition

The 47-year-old is in critical condition and is being treated at Netcare Montana Hospital in South Africa

Former South Africa hooker and World Cup winner Naka Drotske is in a critical condition in hospital after being shot during a robbery.

Drotske and his old Test teammate Os Du Randt were victims of a robbery near Pretoria on Thursday night.

Naka Drotske playing against Australia in the semi-final of the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham

Naka Drotske playing against Australia in the semi-final of the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham

“Our thoughts are with former #Springboks Naka Drotske and Os du Randt and their families, who were the victims of a robbery near Pretoria last night,” South African Rugby tweeted.

“Naka was shot and is currently in critical condition in hospital. We wish him a speedy recovery.”

South Africa-based outlet News24 reported that 47-year-old Drotske is being treated in the intensive care unit at Netcare Montana Hospital.

The incident happened when Drotske was visiting family with Du Randt – and the pair were attacked by four men. Du Randt is understood to have been uninjured.

Drotske won 26 Test caps and was part of the Springboks’ 1995 World Cup-winning squad.

He also played in all three Tests against the 1997 British and Irish Lions, and is an ex-coach of the Bloemfontein-based Cheetahs.

Naka Drotske played 26 times for South Africa

Naka Drotske played 26 times for South Africa

The Cheetahs tweeted on Friday: “Free State Rugby is very shocked by the news.

“Naka and Os are two of our legendary players, coaches and friends, and we keep them in our thoughts and prayers. We wish Naka a speedy recovery and wish the families involved all the best in this difficult time.”

Drotske is also a former London Irish player, making more than 50 appearances for them between 2001 and 2003, and the Exiles tweeted: “Our thoughts are with former London Irish player Naka Drotske after this shocking news. We wish him a speedy recovery.”

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