Fruean to call time on career
Cape Town - It would appear that New Zealand's Robbie Fruean
has finally lost his long-running battle with his health and been forced
into a reluctant retirement.
The UK's Sunday Times website has
reported that the 29-year-old Kiwi, currently plying his trade for
Edinburgh in the PRO14 competition, looks like he has been "forced into
The paper said the former Hurricanes, Crusaders and
Chiefs player had suffered further complications to a delicate heart
condition that had seen him undergo two open-heart surgeries and two
further cardiac procedures.
The blockbusting midfielder has had
two heart valve replacement procedures (one from a pig, and the second
from a cow) and only joined the Edinburgh club after what was described
as the most comprehensive medical in the club's history evaluating his
It is understood Fruean had received
specialist advice that the impact on his second replacement heart valve
was such that it required him to stop playing.
Wellington-born player had joined Edinburgh last June following an
injury-disrupted stint with Bath in the English Premiership.
His last appearance for the club was in October against Zebre.