Robbie Fruean

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Robbie Fruean
Robbie Fruean 2 2011 (cropped).jpg
Full name Robert L. Fruean
Date of birth (1988-07-13) 13 July 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Wellington, New Zealand
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 104 kg (16 st 5 lb)
School Porirua College
University Lincoln University
Occupation(s) Professional rugby player.
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Centre / Wing
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2010 –
correct as of 26 October 2013.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
correct as of 1 June 2014.

Robert Fruean (pronunciation: /frən/; born 13 July 1988 in Wellington) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He is a midfield back and plays outside centre (13) and sometimes on the wing. He is a former Porirua College head boy. He is of Samoan heritage.


In 2007, he made the NZ team for the 2007 Under 19 Rugby World Championship. He led New Zealand to a championship win beating South Africa in the final. He also won the IRB Under-19 Player of the Year the same year.

He made his National Provincial Championship debut for Wellington against Auckland. He played 12 games for them scoring three tries before getting struck by illness. He subsequently underwent open-heart surgery for rheumatic fever, a potentially life-threatening inflammation of the heart.

In 2009 returned to rugby, making his Super 14 debut for the Hurricanes against Blues. This was his first and last game for the Hurricanes after which he defected to the Crusaders and played for them in the 2010 Super 14 season and the 2011 Super Rugby season, where he formed a formidable partnership with fellow centre Sonny Bill Williams.

He made his 2010 ITM Cup debut for Canterbury, scoring two tries against Manawatu. The next week Fruean scored three more against North Harbour.[1] He finished the season tied as the top try scorer with Lelia Masaga with 10 tries. In 2012, on the back of his third season with Canterbury, he was named ITM Cup player of the year at the New Zealand Rugby Awards.


  1. ^ Bidwell, Hamish (14 August 2010). "Fruean scores hat-trick in Canterbury thrashing". The Press. Fairfax. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 

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