Ethienne Reynecke (centre) on analyst duty for Supersport. Photo: YouTube

CAPE TOWN – Messages of support are flooding social media for former Lions and Stormers hooker Ethienne Reynecke who is currently being treated in hospital.

The popular Supersport commentator reportedly suffered a stroke last Thursday and is currently being treated in intensive care. 

Reynecke is under medical supervision where he is being treated for a cerebral hematoma – a blood clot on the brain. Doctors report that he is in a ‘stable condition’ and under medication. Further treatment will depend on how he responds to medication.

Ethienne Reynecke started his rugby career with the Lions at age-group level followed by a stint with the Griffons.  After returning to the Lions, he left for overseas, playing for Premiership side Saracens for two seasons.

Shortly before the end of his contract in England, Saracens loaned Reynecke to the Stormers for part of the 2011 Super Rugby season.

Following his time in Cape Town, he headed back abroad to join Irish side Connacht where he represented the club in the Heineken Cup and Pro 12 tournaments.

In 2013, Reynecke returned to South Africa to play for the Cheetahs, making five appearances in the Currie Cup Premier division.

Lately, he could be seen as a rugby analyst and commentator on Supersport.

Reynecke's last post on social media before his stroke was a tribute to Women's Day and featured a picture with his daughters:

Staff reporter


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