Muliaina and Fruean now big Chiefs
Fri, 18 Oct 2013 09:08
I am thankful for the chance to return
Super Rugby's back-to-back champions, the Chiefs have signed Mils Muliaina and Robbie Fruean to complete their squad for the 2014 season.
Super Rugby and All Blacks centurion Muliaina returns to the Chiefs after two years playing in Japan for NTT DoCoMo Red Hurricanes.
The 33-year-old is keen to return to top level rugby in New Zealand and his versatility covering the back three and midfield will enhance the Chiefs depth and experience.
"I have really enjoyed my time in Japan playing for a great company, but I am grateful for the opportunity to play Super Rugby again in New Zealand for another team that I am passionate about," Muliaina said.
Fruean returns to Super Rugby after undergoing successful heart valve surgery.
The 25-year-old's rehabilitation is progressing well, with Fruean having returned to full exercise training and is on track to return to contact training and playing in early 2014.
"I am thankful for the chance to return to this level and am really looking forward to the Chiefs environment and the beginning of a new and important chapter for me," said Fruean.
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie is happy with the final additions to his side.
"Mils and Robbie are both proven talents and top men," Rennie said.
"We know the value they will add to our side. Robbie is big and powerful and Mils is one of the most experienced players in New Zealand rugby. So both are great additions to our squad."
Muliaina is 1.84m and 93kg. He has played 100 All Blacks Tests and 104 Super Rugby matches for the Chiefs and Blues.
Muliaina won a Commonwealth Gold medal at the Manchester games with the New Zealand Sevens team and played in the NPC for Waikato and Auckland.
Fruean is 1.90m and 110kg. He has played his Super Rugby for the Crusaders and Hurricanes and represented Canterbury and Wellington in the NPC.
Muliaina will join the Chiefs in February at the conclusion of his Japanese season and Fruean will assemble with the Chiefs for pre-season at the end of November.
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