Thursday 27 October 2016

Rugby star Mils Muliaina arrested in sex probe

Mils Muliaina Credit: Sportsfile
Mils Muliaina Credit: Sportsfile

RUGBY World Cup winning Connacht player Mils Muliaina was arrested after a match in England in relation to an alleged sexual assault in Cardiff last month.

The former New Zealand All Black centurion was led away from the rugby ground in England and put into a police van in the minutes after the match concluded.

Gloucestershire Police issued a statement saying: "A man in his 30s was arrested at Kingsholm Stadium tonight (Friday, April 3) on suspicion of an alleged sexual assault in relation to an incident in Cardiff in March. It is a matter being dealt with by South Wales Police."

The 34-year-old full-back played 35 minutes of the first-half but was taken off with a leg injury as Connacht went on to lose 14-7 to Gloucester in the European Challenge Cup.

Television footage showed the player being led away from the stadium by police after the match.

Muliaina featured for Connacht in their loss to Cardiff Blues in the Welsh capital on March 6, but an exact date for the alleged incident is not known at this time and nothing is proven.

A Connacht Rugby spokesperson said the organisation were not in a position to comment. Earlier this week, Muliaina confirmed he would depart the western province at the end of his one-year stint and move to Italian side Zebre.

The player’s impact on the club has been praised by coach Pat Lam and his fellow players.

But he has failed to make an impact on it, playing just 11 times. Muliaina became the first All Black to play for Connacht when signed last summer.

Connacht's Mils Muliaina has been arrested in Britain, according to Sky News
Connacht's Mils Muliaina has been arrested in Britain, according to Sky News

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