Former South Africa global Naka Drotske, a member of the 1995 World Cup winning squad, is in a critical condition in hospital after being shot during a robbery in Pretoria.
A news report said he had lost "almost a third of his blood" as a result of the shooting and was initially said said to be in a critical condition.
Former Springbok and Cheetahs prop Os du Randt, who is a friend and former team-mate of Drotske, was also present when the gun fire started but he is believed to have emerged unharmed. "We wish him a speedy recovery", South African Rugby said on its Twitter feed.
The 47-year-old, a member of the 1995 World Cup winning squad, was at his brother's property in Kameeldrift when three men broke into the house on Thursday evening, police told local media. Naka and Os are two of our legendary players, coaches and friends and we keep them in our thoughts and prayers.
According to News24's information Drotské was shot three times attempting to protect his family from the attackers.
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"From what we hear it is stable and they think it is okay", Verster told Sport24.
Local media reported that the former Cheetahs player and coach had lost nearly a third of his blood in the incident, was in intensive care at the city's Montana Hospital, but was out of immediate danger.
This morning we got together as Cheetahs family and we had the team together and said that we were thinking about Naka and Os and their families.
Drotske is in a critical condition in hospital and is set to have an emergency operation.
"There was a struggle whereby one of the men was shot at", police spokesman Kay Makhubele said.