Heart problems rule Fruean out again

Last updated 11:40 17/03/2014
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CENTRE OF ATTENTION: Robbie Fruean made a great start to the Super Rugby season with his new Chiefs team but now further heart problems have ruled him out.

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Blockbusting Chiefs centre Robbie Fruean has again been sidelined by his heart condition.

Fruean won't tour with the Chiefs to Perth and South Africa this week. Instead, he will have further treatment on his heart that will rule him out for a month or two.

Fruean had his second open-heart surgery last year to replace a faulty valve but started the season with a bang after switching from the Crusaders to the Chiefs.

He took a knock to the head during their 36-20 win over the Stormers at Waikato Stadium on Friday night but also suffered from a sped-up heartbeat, which left him short of breath. He had been on medication to control that.

Fruean will now have an ablation procedure for an arrhythmia and will remain in New Zealand while the Chiefs head overseas. The same procedure that rugby player Gus Collins and former rower Rob Waddell have had is set to rule Fruean out for between four to eight weeks.

The Chiefs also left out the injured duo of Charlie Ngatai and James Lowe from their 27-man squad for their three matches against the Western Force, Bulls and the Cheetahs.

Ngatai injured his calf muscle in the win over the Stormers and will be out for 4-6 weeks, while Lowe damaged his MCL knee ligament and has the same expected recovery time.

Ben Afeaki, Sam Cane and Augustine Pulu move off the injured list to join the travelling group and will be joined by wider training squad members Brad Webber, Anton Lienert-Brown and Jordan Payne.

Chiefs travelling squad: Ben Afeaki, Gareth Anscombe, Sam Cane, Aaron Cruden, Michael Fitzgerald, Josh Hohneck, Andrew Horrell, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Tanerau Latimer, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jamie Mackintosh, Pauliasi Manu, Rhys Marshall, Tom Marshall, Liam Messam, Mils Muliaina, Tim Nanai-Williams, Jordan Payne, Augustine Pulu, Brodie Retallick, Mahonri Schwalger, Liam Squire, Matt Symons, Ben Tameifuna, Kane Thompson, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Brad Webber

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