The Chiefs have signed former All Black full-back Mils Muliaina and Crusaders centre Robbie Fruean to complete their squad for 2014.
The Chiefs have signed former All Black full-back Mils Muliaina and Crusaders centre Robbie Fruean to complete their squad for the 2014 season.
Super Rugby and Test 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, 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,” Muliaina told the Chiefs' official website.
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 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,” he 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 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.