Cape Town - Bath have confirmed that Robbie Fruean will be
joining the club at the culmination of this year’s Mitre 10 Cup, in
which he is competing with Hawke's Bay.
A physically imposing centre or wing, 28-year-old Fruean has
represented both the Hurricanes and the Chiefs in Super Rugby, as well
earning over 60 caps for the Crusaders.
Commenting on the move, Fruean said: “Whilst my focus for
the time being is still on the Mitre 10 Cup with Hawke's Bay, I’m really
looking forward to getting over to Bath and getting started.
"It will be a new challenge for me - the Premiership is such
a tough league, but Bath have had a good start, and I know that being
over there and competing in it will bring out the best in me.”
In 2007 he represented New Zealand in the Under-19 Rugby World
Championship, and was named the IRB World Under-19 Player of the Year. A
dynamic, impactful player, he is renowned for bringing both speed and
power to the pitch.
“We are really excited that Robbie has agreed to join us here at Bath,” said Todd Blackadder, the Club’s director of rugby.
“Tabai and I know him very well from his time at the
Crusaders, and he is the kind of player we know will fit right in with
the squad we have here, both on and off the field.”