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All Blacks great Mils Muliaina to play in US professional league

  • 100-cap World Cup-winning full-back will join San Francisco team
  • Muliaina joins Mackintosh, Tahu, Wannenburg and Bergamasco in league
All Blacks centurion Mils Muliaina will play for San Francisco in the inaugural United States PRO Rugby championship.

The 35-year-old had been planning to study in San Francisco so he was pleased to have the chance to continue a 17-season professional career following stints in Japan, Ireland and Italy.

“I am delighted and looking forward to being part of rugby history in the States,” said Muliaina.

“From initially just going to study at Life West Chiropractic College in San Francisco to now being able to continue to play rugby, I am grateful that Pro Rugby and Life West Chiropractic have provided me the opportunity to do both.”

Muliaina, 35 and Samoa-born, won 100 caps for New Zealand, scoring 34 tries and captaining the team three times. The second All Black to play 100 Tests – after Richie McCaw – he was part of the squad which won the 2011 World Cup, in which his final Test was the quarter-final victory over Argentina.

Former All Blacks, Highlanders and Chiefs prop Jamie Mackintosh this week joined the Ohio team while former New Zealand sevens player Orene Ai’i is aligned with San Francisco.

Denver recently announced the signing of Australia’s dual-code international Timana Tahu.