Mils Muliaina named to Chiefs starting line-up

AARON GOILE
Last updated 16:35 19/02/2014
Mils Muliaina
PETER DRURY/Fairfax NZ
WELCOME BACK: Mils Muliaina will make his first appearance for the Chiefs in more than two yeas when he runs out against the Crusaders.

Related Links

Mils Muliaina open to a Super Rugby return Chiefs nab star duo Muliaina, Fruean for 2014 Mils Muliaina brings experience back to Chiefs Cane injury takes the gloss off Chiefs' victory Young Chiefs hooker has come a long way Wayne Smith: Chiefs expect to win every time

Relevant offers

Super Rugby

Hamish Riach urges Crusaders assistant Tabai Matson to stay Queensland Reds hopeful Quade Cooper will stay and turn down Toulon offer Referee Review: The offside rules and the difficulty officials have in policing them Postive steps for Stags and Highlanders relationship, says coach Brad Mooar Super Rugby Power Rankings – week 12 Highlanders call up Southland hooker Dillan Halaholo for South African trip Hurricanes re-sign young outside backs Leon MacDonald changes mind on Crusaders assistant coaching role Chiefs believe they can turn it around in Super Rugby showdown with Hurricanes Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd faces anxious wait as Beauden Barrett goes for scans

Former All Black Mils Muliaina will make his return for the Chiefs in their opening Super Rugby match against the Crusaders in Christchurch on Friday night.

The 33-year-old has been named to start at fullback for the two-time defending champions, having returned from a two-season stint with Japanese club NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes.

Another returning from Japan is Kane Thompson, who has been named to start at No 8 after missing last year's campaign to play for the Canon Eagles.

The match will also be the first in Chiefs colours for prop Jamie Mackintosh and centre Robbie Fruean, who have joined from the Highlanders and Crusaders respectively.

With the Chiefs still struck down by injury, several young players have got the opportunity to show their wares, with Tasman's Tevita Kolomatangi to debut at openside flanker and Nathan Harris, James Lowe, Matt Symons, Liam Squire and Anton Lienert-Brown may get a debut off the bench.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie said the team were keen to get the season underway.

"We have a lot of respect for the Crusaders and are excited by this match up.  The boys have been training since November and we have been planning since August, so we are really looking forward to the competition starting properly."

Chiefs: Mils Muliaina, Tim Nanai-Williams, Robbie Fruean, Charlie Ngatai, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Aaron Cruden (c), Augustine Pulu, Kane Thompson, Tevita Koloamatangi, Liam Messam, Brodie Retallick, Michael Fitzgerald, Ben Tameifuna, Rhys Marshall, Jamie Mackintosh. Res: Nathan Harris, Pauliasi Manu, Ben Afeaki, Matt Symons/Liam Squire, Nick Crosswell, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Andrew Horrell/Anton Lienert-Brown, James Lowe.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

Which 2015 NZ Super Rugby team looks best?

Blues

Chiefs

Crusaders

Highlanders

Hurricanes

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content