Sunday 19 November 2017

Rugby star Muliaina in court on sex charge

Mils Muliaina
Mils Muliaina

Former New Zealand rugby union international Mils Muliaina has appeared in court to face accusations of sexually assaulting a woman.

Officials confirmed that Muliaina, who appeared before Cardiff magistrates, has been charged with one count of sexual assault, which the prosecution claim occurred in Cardiff city centre on March 7.

Hours before the alleged incident, Muliaina had turned out for Connacht in their away game against Cardiff Blues.

A month later he was shown being led away by police from the Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester following his team's European Challenge Cup quarter-final match.

While Muliaina has yet to enter a formal plea, the New Zealand Rugby Players Association has previously said the full-back "strenuously denies any wrongdoing" and intended to "plead not guilty".

Muliaina, who lives in Galway, plays for Italian side Zebre. He won 100 caps for the All Blacks.

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