Robbie Freuan is a big human being – an intimidating backline presence for the Waikato Chiefs Super Rugby franchise and the Hawke’s Bay Magpies ITC Cup side.
Manawatu’s Jade Te Rure received a first-hand demonstration of the giant Bay centre’s physical advantages during the Championship final, copping this crunching front-on dump tackle.
Unsurprisingly, the comparatively smaller Manawatu player was left sick and sorry on the Palmerston North turf for some time, although the Turbos’ 32-24 win would have eased the considerable pain.
New Zealand’s wealth of brilliant midfield talent has dictated the Wellington-born 26-year-old has been unable to break into the All Blacks, although he led the New Zealand Under-19s to a World Championship title in 2007 and was named the IRB Under-19s player of the year, before representing the Junior All Blacks two years later.
While senior representative honours prove elusive, Freuan will continue to terrorise opponents on the domestic scene, and South African and Australian backs in Super Rugby. Freuan is likely to team up in the Chiefs’ midfield in 2015 with returning code-hopper Sonny Bill Williams, who he played alongside with the Crusaders in 2011.