Cape Town - SuperSport rugby commentator Ethienne Reynecke is out of the intensive care unit but remains under heavy sedation in hospital.
The 36-year-old suffered a stroke last Thursday and was in a critical condition after developing a blood clot on the brain.
The latest update on the former Lions hooker’s condition is that he was taken out of ICU and into the neurology ward of a Durban hospital on Tuesday.
He remains under heavy sedation while doctors wait for medication to take effect on the blood clot.
Sport24 reported on Tuesday that doctors were unable to operate due to the swelling on Reyneke’s brain.
Reynecke played mainly for the Lions in South Africa, but also had brief stints at Western Province and Free State.
He also played for Saracens in England, Connacht in Ireland and Pau in France.
After retiring from rugby, Reynecke turned his focus to mixed martial arts.
A lifelong WWE fan, in late 2017 Reynecke worked out at the WWE Performance Centre in Orlando, Florida.
In recent times, he has worked as an Afrikaans rugby commentator for SuperSport.