Former Australia coach Bob Dwyer is recovering from heart attack

Last Updated: 03/01/13 8:31am

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Bob Dwyer: Recovering after suffering a heart attack

Bob Dwyer: Recovering after suffering a heart attack

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Former Australia coach Bob Dwyer is recovering in hospital after suffering a heart attack.

The 72-year-old, who led the Wallabies to World Cup glory in 1991 and later coached Leicester and Bristol, is reported to have complained of chest pains at home before being taken to a Sydney hospital.

Dwyer suffered the heart attack there and has admitted he is lucky to be alive.

"I'm doing well. I feel fine," he said. "I had a cardiac arrest whilst I was in the emergency ward at Bowral Hospital.

"I was on a monitor and had the doctor with me and (then) I had the arrest. They gave me the electrical charge straight away and I came straight back.

"Talk about being at the right place at the right time. If it had have happened at home, I would be dead."

Former Australia centre Tim Horan, who played in Australia's World Cup final win over England at Twickenham in 1991, was quick to offer his support to Dwyer.

"Wishing Bob Dwyer a speedy recovery from a heart attack. Not many can combine being a great coach and a great person," he tweeted.

Wendell Sailor wrote: "Just like to wish Bob Dwyer a speedy recovery after suffering a heart attack one of the real gentleman.#getwellbob"

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