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Former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer recovering after heart attack

The Australian led his country in two Rugby World Cups.

Bob Dwyer coached Australia in two World Cups.
Bob Dwyer coached Australia in two World Cups.
Image: Phil Walter/EMPICS Sport

FORMER WALLABIES COACH Bob Dwyer is recovering in a Sydney hospital after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday.

The 72-year-old, who led Australia to World Cup glory in 1991, complained of chest pains at his home in Bowral in the NSW Southern Highlands before being rushed to hospital.

It was there he suffered a cardiac arrest, before undergoing surgery and later being transported to the cardiac unit at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney’s south-west.

“I was in the emergency ward at Bowral Hospital when I had the arrest,” Dwyer said.

“I was on a monitor, and with a specialist, and they revived me straight away. I feel surprisingly well now.”

He added, “But I also know had I not been in such good hands when the arrest occurred that I wouldn’t be here talking about it.”

Dwyer had two stints in charge of the Wallabies. The second of those, between 1988 and 1995, saw Australia record an historic Rugby World Cup triumph against England in 1991, as well as Bledisloe Cup series successes over the All Blacks in 1992 and 1994.

Dwyer’s period as Test coach ended after the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

He later coached in Europe, managing Leicester Tigers in the late 90′s, and at the NSW Waratahs for the 2001-2003 Super Rugby seasons.

In recent years he has been involved in Bob Dwyers Rugby Workshops and is a regular contributor to the Australian rugby website geenandgoldrugby.com.

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