He is a midfield back and plays outside centre (13) and sometimes on the wing. He is a former Porirua College head boy. He is of Samoan heritage.
In 2007, he made the New Zealand team for the 2007 Under 19 Rugby World Championship.
He made his National Provincial Championship debut for Wellington against Auckland. He played 12 games for them scoring three tries before getting struck by illness.
He subsequently underwent open-heart surgery for rheumatic fever, a potentially life-threatening inflammation of the heart. In 2009 returned to rugby, making his Super 14 debut for the Hurricanes against Blues.
The next week Fruean scored three more against North Harbour.
He finished the season tied as the top try scorer with Lelia Masaga with 10 tries.