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Chiefs Sign Mils Muliaina and Robbie Fruean

18 October 2013 Back to Latest News

Investec Super Rugby Back-to-Back Champions The Chiefs have signed Mils Muliaina and Robbie Fruean.

Investec Super Rugby Back-to-Back Champions The Chiefs have signed Mils Muliaina and Robbie Fruean, to complete the Chiefs main squad for the 2014 Investec Super Rugby 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.  

Mils Muliaina said “I have really enjoyed my time in Japan playing for a great company, NTT DoCoMo but I am grateful for the opportunity to play Super Rugby again in New Zealand for another team that I am passionate about.” 

Robbie Fruean returns to Super Rugby after undergoing successful heart valve surgery.  The 25 year-olds’ 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 rugby at 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.  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.” 

Mils 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 his ITM Cup for Waikato and Auckland.

Robbie Fruean is 1.90m and 110kg.  He has played his Super Rugby for the Crusaders and Hurricanes and represented Canterbury and Wellington in the ITM Cup.

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. 

COMMENTS

(RedYellowBlack) 20 October 2013

Great news, but PLEASE get rid of that Crusaders jersey from the photo of Robbie Fruean.

(daryl ) 19 October 2013

Forgot about Mills and Fruean was hoping Nonu would be a Chief . These two will do the job nicely thanks . What clever thinking coaching staff we have. Three in a row why not.

(Aiden) 18 October 2013

Good to see the likes to mills back, sad for anscombe though being a young player. Hopefully he still gets some game time for his last season until he goes off shores

(Brandon) 18 October 2013

Wow,Dave dit it again!,very good signings,welcome back mills,and Robbie hope you'll enjoy...very:-) GO CHIEFS...

(Raewyn Hannah ) 18 October 2013

Welcome back Mills and welcome to the chiefs Robbie.



GO THE MIGHTY CHIEFS 2014

(Cameron) 18 October 2013

Can the chiefs actually stop stealing everyone elses players?? Fruean is a Crusader not a Chief and Mils is only back for money, which is something from the looks of things the Chiefs have a lot of XD No excuses not to go 3x

(kelly) 18 October 2013

I am so excited that Malili is back!!!! I am a Canterbury supporter so am sad we lose Robbie..you will do well up there mate..hoping you both have a good season in 2014

(Daphne D Uerata) 18 October 2013

Yee haaa. Mils & Fruen are excellent additions. Gonna be an even better season. Go hard the Mighty Chiefs........

(James) 18 October 2013

Great signings with experience and strike power in the backs! Welcome home Mills and welcome to chiefs Fruean!

(Dazza) 18 October 2013

This is exciting after the late withdrawal of SBW....not much,if anything will be lost with Robbie on board....he'll add fuel to the Chiefs fire.....

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