Fruean re­freshed and hope­ful

Rugby star Rob­bie Fruean was back in Porirua for a fleet­ing visit last week, hand­ing out the shield that bears his name at a ju­nior tour­na­ment. Kris Dando caught up with him.

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What’s it like be­ing back in Porirua?

I’m only here two days, but it’s great. I love be­ing back. I played some flag foot­ball with friends, and do­ing that with the raw tal­ent we have in Porirua was cool. It reignites me; I al­ways learn some­thing.

So the re­cov­ery [af­ter heart surgery cur­tailed his Su­per Rugby sea­son in July] is go­ing well, then?

It’s com­ing along. I had my op­er­a­tion more than four months ago and started train­ing again three months later.

I’m into train­ing and do­ing weights, have a pretty good pro­gramme in place. Pre- sea­son train­ing with the Chiefs starts Novem­ber 28 and it’s re­ally about build­ing up my fit­ness and strength from then.

Speak­ing of the Chiefs, how did that come about?

The op­por­tu­nity came up and I’ve taken it.

I’ve seen what the coaches have done there and can’t wait to be in­volved. They’ve got a base to build on and to keep up that suc­cess.

The Cru­saders have been mas­sive, but it was time for me to go.

Will you move per­ma­nently to Hamil­ton?

I’m still think­ing it over. It’s a one-year deal and do or die for me, so I’m more fo­cused on the train­ing that’s com­ing up.

Do you still see your­self at cen­tre? An­drew Hor­rell, Char­lie Ngatai, Tim Nanai-Wil­liams and the re­turn­ing Mils Mu­li­aina make it tough at the Chiefs to get a mid­field spot.

Yeah, there is a chal­lenge in front of me, but a good chal­lenge. I see my­self as a cen­tre, but if they want me on the wing or at sec­ond-five, then that’s where I’ll play. I just want to be play­ing rugby.

Do you still har­bour am­bi­tions of be­com­ing an All Black?

Def­i­nitely. I’m 25, I’ve got heaps of time, but my goal is to be in the squad for the World Cup in 2015.

It would be awe­some to rep­re­sent my coun­try.

With train­ing and a fit­ness regime, will you get much of a chance to en­joy sum­mer?

I will do a bit of re­lax­ing. For me it’s about spend­ing time with fam­ily, be­fore get­ting back into it all. I think we’ll have some time away. Not sure where yet.

What do you miss most about Porirua?

My friends and fam­ily. The mates you grew up with, went to school with, can never be re­placed. And my fam­ily’s sup­port is price­less. You can’t get through life with­out them. That’s what I miss most when I’m away.

Do you still get em­bar­rassed hav­ing a Porirua rugby tro­phy named af­ter you?

To be here to wit­ness th­ese kids play­ing for the Fruean Shield is a bless­ing, and on Porirua Park now, too [fi­nals day was for­merly at Holy Fam­ily School]. I never got to play on Porirua Park when I was a kid.

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