The Free Jacks signed New Zealand hooker Milleniam ‘Mills’ Sanerivi through the 2023 season. The 22-year-old is 5’11” and 250lbs.
Mills is from Mangere, New Zealand. He began playing rugby with the Manukau Magpies and the Mangere East Hawks. He attended King’s College, Auckland, and in 2018 was the rugby team’s 1st XV captain, playing with Free jacks Joe Johnston.
In 2019, Mills was the captain of the U19s Taranaki Squad, which won the Sir Michael Jones Trophy at the Jock Hobbs Tournament. He also represented the Taranaki U20s, as well as the Taranaki Development squad in 2020.
In 2021 he made his debut for Taranaki in the Bunnings National Provincial Championship and was selected to the New Zealand Barbarians, a 36-24 win against the New Zealand Heartland XV.
New England Free Jacks Comments
“Excited to join the free jacks to hopefully add value to this promising organization and team, exclaimed Sanerivi when asked about his future with the Free Jacks. “Looking forward to being a part of this team’s growth and success next year.”
“It is a real coup for the Free Jacks to recruit a young player of Mills Sanerivi’s pedigree”, commented Free Jacks Assistant Coach, Mike Rogers. “Mills is a former NZ age-grade representative and this year played for Taranaki in the Bunnings NPC. Mills is a powerful, hard-hitting, and carrying hooker who can also play in the back-row. The most impressive aspect of Mills is his character. He is well-grounded and acutely aware of his why. He is an outstanding young man.”
A well-respected player on every level of New Zealand rugby, Sanerivi looks to bring his talents over to the New England pitch this upcoming season. See the newest addition to the Free Jacks front row at Veterans Memorial as we head into MLR 2022.