Muliaina to leave Connacht for Zebre

Date published: April 1 2015

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Connacht have announced that Mils Muliaina will leave the province at the end of the season to join Italian side Zebre on a one-year deal.

The 34-year-old became the first ever All Black to play for Connacht when he signed with the Irish province last May as a player-mentor.

The full-back has started in nine of his ten appearances for Connacht this season in both the PRO12 and European Challenge Cup.

Speaking about the impact Muliaina had at Connacht, head coach Pat Lam said: “Even in one quick year, Mils has made a lasting contribution to Connacht Rugby.

"His influence on and off the field with our young squad has been invaluable and I know the players, particularly the backs, have benefited from his vast experience. A big part of our growth as a team this season has been around challenging each other to reach higher standards and Mils was massive in driving this.

“He has really embraced the Connacht culture and he’s made a big effort to get out amongst the community and I know the supporters have enjoyed meeting and getting to know him.   

“For me personally it was fantastic to have the opportunity to work with him again and on behalf of everyone, I’d like to thank Mils and wish him all the best in Italy and with Zebre.”

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