Fruean undergoes heart surgery again

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 07:08
Large robbie fruean chiefs v high

Chiefs centre Robbie Fruean will undergo a third heart procedure and be sidelined from Super Rugby for up to eight weeks.

Chiefs centre Robbie Fruean will undergo a third heart procedure and be sidelined from Super Rugby for up to eight weeks.

The 25-year-old, who has come close to All Blacks selection in recent seasons, underwent open heart surgery in 2009 after a bout of rheumatic fever caused pancarditis, or inflammation of the heart.

Last year, an artificial valve inserted during the 2009 surgery was removed and replaced with a larger version, keeping Fruean out the remainder of the season.

The Chiefs said in a statement on Monday that he will now undergo an "ablation procedure" to correct an arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie is confident centre Fruean will return to his best, despite the latest heart related health problem.

Rennie says Fruean is handling the latest setback well.

"We're more concerned about him as the individual and he's more concerned about the team and not letting the team down," Rennie told the New Zealand media.

"So ultimately it's best that he gets this done and then we get an all clear for him to return.

"Certainly the specialists and everyone are confident he will make a good return."

Rennie says the condition has been controlled by medication and while Fruean had been coping well, it flared up against the Highlanders a fortnight ago.

The Chiefs, who are unbeaten after three games this season and lead the New Zealand conference, will also travel to face Australia's Western Force and South Africa's Bulls and Cheetahs without wing James Lowe and centre Charlie Ngatai.

All Black flank Sam Cane, who sustained a knee injury in a pre-season clash with the Blues, has returned to join the 27-man travelling squad.

During the Chiefs' 36-20 win over the Stormers at Waikato Stadium last Friday Ngatai injured his calf muscle and will be out for four to six weeks.

Lowe damaged his MCL knee ligament and will also remain back in New Zealand with an expected recovery time of four to six weeks.

Ben Afeaki and Augustine Pulu also moved off the injured list to join the travelling group and will be joined by wider training squad members Brad Webber and Anton Lienert-Brown and Jordan Payne.

Payne has been involved with the side during the pre-season.

Chiefs squad: Ben Afeaki, Gareth Anscombe, Sam Cane, Aaron Cruden, Michael Fitzgerald, Josh Hohneck, Andrew Horrell, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Tanerau Latimer, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jamie Mackintosh, Pauliasi Manu, Rhys Marshall, Tom Marshall, Liam Messam, Mils Muliaina, Tim Nanai-Williams, Jordan Payne, Augustine Pulu, Brodie Retallick, Mahonri Schwalger, Liam Squire, Matt Symons, Ben Tameifuna, Kane Thompson, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Brad Webber.

Sources: AP and Chiefs media unit

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 29 September 2017
Sharks v Golden Lions 17h00 Durban
Worcester Warriors v Saracens 18h35 Sixways
Newcastle Falcons v London Irish 18h35 Kingston Park
Sale Sharks v Gloucester 19h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Leinster v Edinburgh 19h35 RDS Arena
Glasgow Warriors v Treviso 19h35 Scotstoun Stadium
Scarlets v Connacht 19h35 Parc y Scarlets
Sat, 30 September 2017
Griquas v Free State Cheetahs 12h00 Kimberley
Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs 13h00 Welford Road
Munster v Cardiff Blues 13h30 Thomond Park
Cheetahs v Ospreys 14h00 Bloemfontein
Northampton Saints v Harlequins 14h00 Franklin's Gardens
Wasps v Bath 14h00 Ricoh Arena
Zebre v Ulster 14h35 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
South Africa v Australia 15h05 Bloemfontein
Dragons v Kings 18h35 Rodney Parade
Sun, 01 October 2017
Argentina v New Zealand 22h30 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Blue Bulls v Western Province 12h30 Loftus Versfeld
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28