highest try scorer
Last year Manu was named in the Warriors’ 2015 Auckland Nines squad and was selected on the wing for the NRL All Stars for the 2015 All Stars match, a 20-6 loss to the indigenous All Stars at Cbus Super Stadium.
In round six, against the Wests Tigers, the 6ft 3” Manu played his 200th NRL game, scoring twice in the Warriors 32-22 win at Mt Smart Stadium. In the following week in round seven against the North Queensland Cowboys, he overtook Nigel Vagana as the most prolific New Zealand try scorer when he touched down for his 141st career try in the Warriors 28-24 loss at Smiles Stadium. Manu was selected for New Zealand in the 2015 ANZAC Test against Australia on the wing, scoring a try in the Kiwis’ 26-12 win at Suncorp Stadium.
In round 14 against the Sydney Roosters, which the Warriors 25-21 lost at Mt Smart Stadium, he became the first player in National Rugby League history to score at least ten tries in ten consecutive seasons. In round 22 against the St George Illawarra Dragons, he suffered a season ending shoulder injury in the Warriors 36-0 loss at Westpac Stadium. Manu finished the 2015 NRL season with him playing in 16 matches and scoring 11 tries for the Warriors.
His position of choice is on the wing and one of his claims to fame was being a member of the New Zealand Kiwis squad that won the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.
Born in Auckland, Manu is of Tongan descent. He grew up in the same Otara neighbourhood as Ruben Wiki and attended Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate. His cousin is Tongan-Japanese rugby union player Ruatangi Vatuvei. Manu played for the Otara Scorpions and Otahuhu Leopards in Auckland Rugby League competitions before playing for the Otahuhu Ellerslie Leopards in the Bartercard Cup. When he was only 16 he joined the New Zealand Warriors development squad. For the following 14 years this Warrior has been scoring impressive numbers.
New Zealand rugby league player Manu Vatuvei pushes his weight in training.