Muliaina keen on Chiefs return

Date published: February 12 2014

Former All Blacks full-back Mils Muliaina admits he's a bit underdone as he prepares for his Super Rugby return with the Chiefs.

Former All Blacks full-back Mils Muliaina admits he's a bit underdone as he prepares for his Super Rugby return with the Chiefs.

Muliaina has returned to New Zealand after a frustrating season in Japan's Top League.

“I only managed to play two games last year,” he told TVNZ.

Japan's league lasts for 12 matches and only allows two foreign players on the field at the same time.

Muliaina spent most of his time on the sidelines due to injury, however. The 33-year-old had minor knee surgery and then snapped his elbow tendon in the first match back.

“In two-and-a-half seasons I managed about six games in total,” he said.

“I had a lot of time off in rehab, but I feel great and in good nick to give it a good shot here.”

Despite his lack of game time, Muliaina is not fazed and he could line up against the Crusaders in the Chiefs' season opener in Christchurch on February 21.

“I'm happy to come back and play footy even though it's a lot sooner than I predicted but that's just the nature of the beast,” he added.

“It's exciting to be back, I feel like the new kid.”

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