Nasi Manu

The club announced the signing of Manu, on a two-year contract, in March 2015. He joined the squad on completion of his Super XV commitments for the Highlanders, during the summer, having led his club to victory in the Super Rugby Cup.

The Christchurch Boys' HS former pupil - he was a member of the 1st XV side that lifted New Zealand's 2006 schools' championship - went on to win gold at the 2007 IRB World Championship in Ireland with the New Zealand under-19 side and bagged another winning title at the under-20 World Championship the following year.

Tavake Liukanasi Manu played at provinical level for Canterbury from 2007 - with whom he won six titles - making a try-scoring debut against Counties Manukau.

After making a fast-track debut for Crusaders in 2008, where he played first-class rugby before playing club rugby, Manu moved to the Highlanders in 2010 where he co-captained the side during his last two seasons.

He hails from a rich rugby heritage - Manu is the nephew of the former Australia loose forward Daniel Manu and is a cousin of Amanaki and Kelepi Manu of the Melbourne Storm.

He made his club debut in the pre-season win over Ulster at Goldenacre in August 2015 then gave a man-of-the-match performance [right, with double try scorer Damien Hoyland] in the opening PRO12 league win over Leinster at Meggetland in September 2015.

Stats

Caps
16
Tries
5
Starts
11
Conversions
0
Replacements
2
Penalty goals
0
Points
25
Drop goals
0

Appearances

2015/16: (PS Uls) Lei Tre Uls Zeb Con Mun(r) FCG(r) Age Car
Position: 
No 8
D.O.B.: 15/08/88
Place of birth:
Lincoln, New Zealnd
Height: 1.90m (6ft 3in)
Weight: 118kg (18st 9lb)
Twitter: @Nasi_Manu