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Connacht Rugby star Mils Muliaina bailed following arrest on suspicion of sexual assault

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
Former New Zealand rugby union star Mils Muliaina has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

Tim Moynihan and Neil Lancefield

Former New Zealand rugby union star Mils Muliaina has been bailed after being arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.

The 34-year-old, who currently plays for Connacht in the Republic of Ireland, is suspected of involvement in an incident in Cardiff last month.

Connacht's Mils Muliaina during squad training
Connacht's Mils Muliaina during squad training
Connacht's Mils Muliaina in action during squad training

He was shown on television being taken away by police after the final whistle of his team's European Challenge Cup quarter-final match at Gloucester last night.

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Muliaina earned 100 caps as he wore the All Blacks number 15 jersey with distinction for nine years. He retired in 2011.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said: "A man in his 30s was arrested at Kingsholm Stadium on Friday 3rd April on suspicion of sexual assault in relation to an incident in Cardiff in March.

File photo dated 27/05/12 of Mils Muliaina, as the former New Zealand rugby union star has been arrested on on suspicion of sexual assault. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday April 4, 2015. The 34-year-old, who currently plays for Connacht in the Republic of Ireland, is suspect of involvement in an incident in Cardiff last month. See PA story POLICE Rugby. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
File photo dated 27/05/12 of Mils Muliaina, as the former New Zealand rugby union star has been arrested on on suspicion of sexual assault. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday April 4, 2015. The 34-year-old, who currently plays for Connacht in the Republic of Ireland, is suspect of involvement in an incident in Cardiff last month. See PA story POLICE Rugby. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Connacht's Mils Muliaina during squad training
Mils Muliaina, Connacht, is tackled by Josh Navidi, Cardiff Blues

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"The man has been handed over to officers from South Wales Police who are investigating the incident."

A South Wales Police spokesman said: "A 34-year-old man from the Galway area in the Irish Republic has been arrested on suspicion of committing a sexual assault.

Read more here: Mils Muliaina arrested for alleged sexual assault: "No-one saw this coming. Police just took him off the rugby pitch" 

"He has been released on police bail pending further investigation."

Details of the incident have not been confirmed. Muliaina was in the Welsh capital playing for Connacht against Cardiff Blues on March 6.

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