high­est try scorer

New Zealand Fitness - - IN THIS ISSUE - – Manu Vatu­vei

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.

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