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Connacht star Mils Muliaina "shocked" by sex assault allegations

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Muliaina vows to clear his name
Muliaina vows to clear his name

Connacht rugby hero Mils Muliaina claimed he was "shocked" after being arrested on suspicion of a sexual assault.

The 34-year-old former New Zealand All Black is suspected of involvement in an incident in Cardiff last month and he was shown on television being taken away by police after the final whistle of his team's European Challenge Cup quarter-final match at Gloucester on Friday night.

The alleged incident occurred following a night out after his side's controversial 18-17 loss to the Cardiff Blues at Cardiff Arms Park on March 6, with Sky Sports cameras catching images of his arrest (below).

Now Muliaina has vowed to clear his name, according to his manager Simon Porter.

"He denies any allegations of wrong doing. He's going to ride out this process and clear his name," Porter told RNZ radio in New Zealand.

In a report appearing in New Zealand newspaper 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.

"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."

South Wales police Inspector Andy Walbeoff said: "The gentleman has only been arrested on suspicion at the moment, he hasn't been charged with anything.

"We can keep a detained person for 24 hours after which we must charge. Or take him before a magistrate for a further period of detention."

Muliaina has been released on police bail pending further investigation.