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Southland Sharks coach Rob Beveridge is recovering from significant injuries suffered after a serious accident.
Beveridge fell 6m from the second storey roof of his family home in Wollongong, Australia, breaking his shoulder blade and six ribs.
He had been home for a family function, having tested positive for Covid-19 one day later, and was isolating when the incident happened.
Beveridge was now recovering at home, following a 12-day stay in hospital.
A plan for his return to Invercargill, to rejoin the Sharks, is being worked through.
"My recovery process will be painful and slow, but I am fighting hard to get back to New Zealand as soon as I can and finish what we have started this season," he said.
Both assistant coach Leyton Haddleton and veteran player Andrew Wheeler have stepped in to fill the void left by Beveridge over the past three weeks.
The Australian, who filled in as head coach for the Boomers earlier this year, remained involved remotely.
‘‘I am continuing to work behind the scenes to help as much as I can, and I know our team is putting in the extra effort to be the best they can be.
‘‘My message to them and to you as our wonderful Sharks Family is to enjoy every moment because you never know what’s around the corner.’’
The Sharks host the Manawatu Jets in Invercargill on Sunday.