Muliaina set for Sydney comeback

The Chiefs received a significant boost to their play-off hopes with the news that their All Black utility back Mils Muliaina came through a training run on Tuesday without any trouble.

This means the only major injury concern ahead of their crucial Super 14 Round 13 encounter, with the Waratahs in Sydney on Friday, is hooker Tom Willis.

The front row forward took a blow to his ribs during the 35-27 win over the Sharks at the weekend and will not do any contact training this week.

His recovery will be monitored by the team’s medical staff and a call on his fitness will be made later in the week.

However, the good news is that Muliaina is in the selection frame for the trip to Sydney after getting through Tuesday’s rigorous training session in Hamilton.

Muliaina has been out with a broken foot for five weeks, after damaging the foot in a warm-up game after returning from the All Blacks’ World Cup reconditioning camp in mid March.

This means he hasn’t played a match for five months – since the All Blacks’ year-end tour to Europe in November.

It now looks like he could get some game time in Sydney.

It would mean he will return earlier than expected, after the utility back required surgery to put a pin into the injured left foot after it was broken during a match between the development teams of the Chiefs and Blues.

The Chiefs, who will name their side on Wednesday, are lying fifth on the Super 14 table and are only out of the play-offs frame at the moment on points difference to the Bulls.

They have won five of their last six matches to sweep back into contention after their horror start to the campaign.


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