Tuesday 16 January 2018

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

Connacht rugby star arrested following clash against Gloucestershire

Mils Muliaina Credit: Sportsfile
Mils Muliaina Credit: Sportsfile

Ruaidhri O’Connor

The agent for former New Zealand All Black payer Mils Muliaina said they had no idea he was going to be arrested.

Agent Simon Porter made his comments earlier today, following last night's arrest of Muiliana.

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

"No one saw this coming. Police just took him off the rugby pitch," he said.

The World Cup winning Connacht player was arrested after a match in England in relation to an alleged sexual assault in Cardiff last month.

The former New Zealand All Black centurion was led away from the rugby ground in England and put into a police van in the minutes after the match concluded.

The incident was captured on Sky Sports cameras as he was led away by police moments after Connacht's match against Gloucester came to an end.

Gloucestershire Police issued a statement saying: "A man in his 30s was arrested at Kingsholm Stadium tonight (Friday, April 3) on suspicion of an alleged sexual assault in relation to an incident in Cardiff in March. It is a matter being dealt with by South Wales Police."

The 34-year-old full-back played 35 minutes of the first-half but was taken off with a leg injury as Connacht went on to lose 14-7 to Gloucester in the European Challenge Cup.

Television footage showed the player being led away from the stadium by police after the match.

Muliaina featured for Connacht in their loss to Cardiff Blues in the Welsh capital on March 6, but an exact date for the alleged incident is not known at this time and nothing is proven.

A Connacht Rugby spokesperson said the organisation were not in a position to comment. Earlier this week, Muliaina confirmed he would depart the western province at the end of his one-year stint and move to Italian side Zebre.

The player’s impact on the club has been praised by coach Pat Lam and his fellow players.

But he has failed to make an impact on it, playing just 11 times. Muliaina became the first All Black to play for Connacht when signed last summer.

Connacht Rugby says it "can confirm that player Mils Muliaina is currently assisting the South Wales Police with enquiries relating to an alleged incident in Cardiff in March of this year".

"As this is a legal matter, Connacht Rugby will be making no further comment at this time."

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