Tributes for Mils Muliaina on a century of Tests

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31-year-old Muliaina reached the 100-Test milestone in the All Blacks Rugby World Cup Quarterfinal match against Argentina at Eden Park in Auckland tonight, joining captain Richie McCaw who achieved the rare feat against France two weeks ago.

NZRU Board Chairman Mike Eagle said: “To become an All Blacks centurion is a phenomenal accomplishment. To achieve it in a Rugby World Cup Quarterfinal on home soil is a momentous milestone, made even more special as it is at a ground that has witnessed many outstanding performances from Mils.”

NZRU Chief Executive Steve Tew said: “In the last eight years Mils has proven himself as a world-class player. To achieve 100 Tests in modern, international rugby is testament to the commitment, skill and professionalism he exemplifies. I am delighted for Mils as he joins a very short honours list of players with such a record of competitive appearances.”

All Blacks great, and current NZRU President Bryan Williams paid tribute to his fellow Samoan New Zealander. “I am delighted that Mils has achieved this honour. He has worn the All Blacks jersey with pride and commitment since making his debut in Wellington many years ago. He is an outstanding person, understandably popular both in New Zealand and his birth nation of Samoa.”

Muliaina made his All Blacks debut in 2003 against England in Wellington and went on to play in 34 consecutive Tests. He captained the team in three Tests in 2009 and has scored 34 Test tries.