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Mils Muliaina agrees move to USA's new PRO Rugby championship

The ex-Connacht player made 100 appearances for New Zealand and will now ply his trade in the US.

Mils Muliaina at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Mils Muliaina at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

NEW ZEALAND CENTURION Mils Muliaina has agreed a move to San Francisco for the inaugural PRO Rugby season.

The 35-year-old former Connacht player, part of New Zealand’s 2011 World Cup-winning squad, was only the second All Black to total 100 caps and has most recently been playing for Zebre.

“I am delighted and looking forward to being part of rugby history in the States,” said the full-back. “I’m excited to be able to play in the San Francisco Bay area and to work alongside and share my experience with some talented young players.”

PRO Rugby’s director of rugby Steve Lewis added: “We are excited to bring Mils to the United States and look forward to seeing him in San Francisco’s colours this spring.

“He has a terrific track record and we are sure he will bring great knowledge and experience to both the league and our younger players in what are exciting times for American rugby.”

Muliaina will look to make his San Francisco debut against Sacramento on 17 April. Sacramento have Italian centre Mirco Bergamasco in their ranks. San Diego, Denver and Ohio are the three other teams in the championship.

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