Robbie Fruean heads to Bath
NEWS: Bath Rugby have confirmed that Robbie Fruean will be joining the Premiership side at the culmination of this year’s National Provincial Championship.
The 28-year-old centre is currently playing for Hawkes Bay and has represented both the Hurricanes and the Chiefs in Super Rugby, as well earning over 60 caps for the Crusaders.
In 2007 he represented New Zealand in the Under-19 Rugby World Championship and was named the IRB World U19 Player of the Year. A dynamic, impactful player, he is renowned for bringing both speed and power to the pitch.
Commenting on the move, Fruean said: "Whilst my focus for the time being is still on the National Provincial Championship with Hawkes Bay, I’m really looking forward to getting over to Bath and getting started. It will be a new challenge for me – the Premiership is such a tough league, but Bath have had a good start, and I know that being over there and competing in it will bring out the best in me,"
Bath's Director of Rugby Todd Blackadder expressed his excitement with the new recruit.
"We are really excited that Robbie Fruean has agreed to join us here at Bath.
"[Head coach] Tabai Matson and I know him very well from his time at the Crusaders, and he is the kind of player we know will fit right in with the squad we have here, both on and off the field," he added.