Monday 22 January 2018

Connacht star Muliaina 'shocked' by sexual assault claims and determined to clear his name

Connacht star was 'downing Red Bull and vodkas' before alleged sexual assault - New Zealand reports Newsdesk Newsdesk

Former All Black Mils Muliaina is "pretty upset" and "shocked" about the sexual assault allegations he is now facing and is determined to clear his name according to his manager.

The World Cup-winning Connacht player was arrested in relation to an incident in Cardiff last month.

Minutes after Connacht's loss to Gloucester in the Challenge Cup, the player was led away from the rugby ground and put into a police van.

The incident was captured on Sky Sports cameras.

Speaking to Radio New Zealand today, manager Simon Porter said said Muliaina was co-operating with police in their investigations.

"He denies any allegations of wrong doing. He's going to ride out this process and clear his name." Mr Porter told RNZ that Muliaina was also worried about how the allegation would impact those who were close to him.

The Kiwis Bar in Cardiff
The Kiwis Bar in Cardiff

According to the Herald on Sunday, Muliaina was downing Red Bull and double vodkas with teammates until 3am at an ex-pat bar in the Welsh capital of Cardiff on the night he is alleged to have sexually assaulted a woman.

The night out followed the side's controversial 18-17 loss to the Cardiff Blues at Cardiff Arms Park on March 6.

"They were drinking quite a bit," a worker from Kiwis told the New Zealand paper.

"They were in a really good mood, they were quite chirpy. As far as we were concerned they were delightful people to have in - really friendly, really approachable. A few of them were quite oiled up."

The bar worker added that the Connacht contingent remained at the bar until the 3am closing time before moving onto Karma nightvlub which was open until 6am.

Photographs posted on Kiwis' Facebook page show Muliaina and Lam happily posing with bar staff and revellers.

The photos have been posted to Facebook and state the decorated player was "enjoying a few" that night.

Muliaina has been released on police bail pending further investigation.

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