Wednesday 28 September 2016

Muliaina unlikely to see action for Connacht again due to injury

Declan Rooney

Published 07/05/2015 | 02:30

Muliaina has already announced that he will leave Connacht this summer and join Saturday’s opponents Zebre
Muliaina has already announced that he will leave Connacht this summer and join Saturday’s opponents Zebre

Connacht full-back Mils Muliaina looks unlikely to ever play for Pat Lam's side again after being ruled out of this Saturday's crucial Pro12 clash with Zebre as he continues to struggle with a groin injury.

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Initially ruled out for three weeks, the former All Black is still not fit to return to action for Connacht five weeks after he sustained the injury in the Challenge Cup quarter-final against Gloucester.

On the same night Muliaina was arrested in connection to an alleged sexual assault in Cardiff, but the Connacht coach has already indicated that incident would not have ruled the player out of contention for selection.

Muliaina has already announced that he will leave Connacht this summer and join Saturday's opponents Zebre.

"Mils is the same as the rest of our injured guys. He's getting better, but he's still not available this week," said Lam. "No he won't travel.

Record Connacht appearance holder Michael Swift also looks unlikely to play for the province again after he was ruled out of the trip to Italy, and with just one more game this season after this weekend - when they host Ospreys on the final day - time is running out for their lengthy injury list to shorten.

Meanwhile, former Munster and Ireland flanker David Wallace will be inducted into the BNY Melon IRUPA Hall of Fame at the players' association's annual awards next Wednesday night.

The 72-times capped Limerickman retired in 2012 after a stellar career that included two Heineken Cups, a Grand Slam and a starting spot in the 2009 Lions tests against South Africa.

He joins the likes of Denis Hickie, John Hayes, Malcolm O'Kelly, Anthony Foley, David Humphreys and Keith Wood in the Hall of Fame.

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