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Mils Muliaina
Muliaina in 2010
Birth nameJunior Malili Muliaina
Date of birth (1980-07-31) 31 July 1980 (age 43)
Place of birthSalelesi, Samoa
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight93 kg (14 st 9 lb; 205 lb)[1]
SchoolCargill High School
Southland Boys' High School
Kelston Boys' High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback, Wing
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
San Francisco Rush
Correct as of 18 February 2016
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
New Zealand A
New Zealand Colts
New Zealand
Correct as of 9 October 2011
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
1999–2002 New Zealand 11
Medal record
Men's rugby sevens
Representing  New Zealand
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 2002 Manchester Team competition

Junior Malili "Mils" Muliaina (born 31 July 1980) is a former professional rugby union player who most recently played for San Francisco Rush in the US PRO Rugby competition.[2] He played primarily as a fullback, though he has also played as a centre and on the wing.

Born in Salelesi, Samoa, Muliaina moved with his family to Invercargill, New Zealand, at the age of three. At international level Muliaina played for New Zealand from 2003 until his retirement after the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Muliaina became only the second All Black to reach 100 caps during the World Cup quarter-final against Argentina in 2011. He scored 33 tries for New Zealand and remains among the top 30 highest try scorers in rugby union.

Early career

He first attended Cargill High School then Southland Boys' High School, where he proved proficient enough at rugby to be offered a scholarship to Kelston Boys' High School in Auckland, in 1998. Subsequently, Muliaina played for the NZ Secondary Schools XV, the team winning that year's world championship. He repeated this the following year with the Under 19 side, and in 2000 and 2001 was part of the world champion Under 21 (NZ Colt) teams of those years.[citation needed]

Super Rugby and the All Blacks

Muliaina joined the Auckland Blues in 2001 and was a part of the Super 12 title-winning team for the Blues in 2003. Muliaina's test debut for the All Blacks was against England on 14 June 2003 at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington. He was subsequently part of the All Black squad at the 2003 Rugby World Cup.[citation needed] In 2004, he was the only player to be selected for every test played by the All Blacks. Muliaina has also played in 11 tournaments for the sevens team, including winning a Commonwealth Games gold medal in 2002 in Manchester. Though he has expressed a preference for playing as an outside centre, Muliaina generally plays at fullback. In 2006 he joined the Chiefs, with whom he brought up his 100th Super Rugby cap in 2011.[citation needed]

On 9 October 2011 during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Muliaina played his 100th game for the All Blacks after starting at fullback against Argentina. During the game, Muliaina was forced from the field at half-time, having injured his shoulder. This was later revealed to have been fractured, meaning he was dropped from the New Zealand World Cup squad. Muliaina retired from the All Blacks squad the following day on 10 October 2011 after achieving his 100th Test cap and returned on 23 October 2011 to claim his gold medal after the All Blacks won the 2011 Rugby World Cup final.[citation needed]


As of 4 May 2014, Mils had signed a one-year contract for Irish provincial region Connacht in the Pro12.[3] On 21 November 2014, Muliaina made his Connacht debut in a 43–3 win over Italian side Zebre at the Sportgrounds.

In July 2015, Muliaina was charged with sexual assault following an incident with a woman in a Cardiff night club.[4] The charge was dropped in October 2015 on evidential grounds.[5]

United States

It was announced in March 2016 that Muliaina would play the upcoming season in the United States in the newly formed PRO Rugby competition. He joined the San Francisco Rush midway through the inaugural 2016 season.[citation needed]



  1. ^ a b "Stats |". Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  2. ^ Pengelly, Martin (25 March 2016). "All Blacks great Mils Muliaina to play in US professional league". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Connacht sign All Black great Mils Muliaina". Sky Sports. 5 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Former All Black Mils Muliaina denies sexual assault charge". New Zealand Herald. 3 July 2016.
  5. ^ "All Black Mils Muliainas relief and anger after sex assault charge dropped". New Zealand Herald. 20 October 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "Junior Malili Muliaina". ESPNscrum. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Rugby: 2009 Steinlager Rugby Awards winners full list | RUGBY News". Archived from the original on 22 December 2009.
  8. ^ "All Blacks pushed by Wales but end with another Grand Slam". Retrieved 8 August 2016.