Nasi Manu

Tavake Lecanus Liukanasi Manu (born 15 August 1988) is a New Zealand rugby union player. He plays in the number 8 and occasionally flanker position for the Italy based Pro14 side, Benetton Treviso. Manu also represents Tonga at international level.

Nasi Manu
Full nameTavake Lecanus Liukanasi Manu
Date of birth (1988-08-15) 15 August 1988 (age 31)
Place of birthLincoln, New Zealand
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight118 kg (18 st 8 lb; 260 lb)
SchoolChristchurch Boys' High School
Notable relative(s)Daniel Manu (uncle)
Sika Manu (cousin)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker, Number 8
Current team Benetton Treviso
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007–2014 Canterbury 72 (65)
2008–2009 Crusaders 16 (5)
2010–2015 Highlanders 65 (5)
2015–2017 Edinburgh 16 (25)
2017–2020 Benetton Treviso 14 (0)
Correct as of 22 May 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008 New Zealand U20 4 (5)
2018– Tonga 3 (0)
Correct as of 11 September 2019

Playing careerEdit

School boy rugbyEdit

While at Christchurch Boys' High School, Manu appeared alongside All Blacks Matt Todd, Colin Slade and Owen Franks as well as former Crusader Tim Bateman.[1]

Provincial RugbyEdit

Manu made his debut for Canterbury in the 2007 Air New Zealand Cup scoring a try on his debut against Counties Manukau at Mt. Smart Stadium in Auckland.

After missing the start of the 2010 ITM Cup with a knee injury, Manu was in excellent form through the latter part of the season, culminating in strong performances in the semi-final and final as Canterbury won the ITM Cup.

In the 2011 ITM Cup, Manu started every match as Canterbury won the title for the fourth consecutive season.

Super RugbyEdit

Manu earned a Crusaders contract for the 2008 Super 14 season at the age of just 19, and emerged as a regular performer for the club, making 12 appearances and two starts as the Crusaders rampaged to the Super 14 title.

In 2009, however, Manu was unable to build on the success of his freshman campaign, and was limited to only four appearances and one start.

Looking for more playing time, Manu shifted to the Highlanders for the 2010 Super 14 season. However, his season ended up being a total write-off as, after winning the starting job at number 8 in the preseason, he suffered a knee injury early in the season-opening contest against the Crusaders and was ruled out for the remainder of the competition.

In 2011, Manu managed to stay healthy and put in an excellent campaign, starting every match at number eight for the Highlanders.

Manu suffered a foot injury in the opening game of the 2013 Super Rugby season and was ruled out for the rest of the year. Healthy again for 2014, he was named co-captain of the Highlanders alongside Ben Smith.

European RugbyEdit

After the experience with Edinburgh Rugby, from 2017 to 2020 he played with Benetton. [2]

International PlayEdit

Manu was a member of New Zealand’s squad on their run to the world under-19 title in 2007 and under-20 title in 2008. He also was part of the New Zealand Secondary Schools in 2005 and 2006.


Manu is the nephew of the former Auckland and Wallaby loose forward Daniel Manu and is the cousin of David Manu and Sika Manu of the Melbourne Storm. His younger brother Vaka Manu had a 1-year stint with rugby in Scotland playing for the Stirling County Rugby Club in 2015–16 where he was named runner up player of the year. And second youngest brother Taniela Manu currently plays in the Mitre 10 cup for Northland.


2007 Canterbury Junior Sports Person of the Year, Hadlee Awards


  1. ^ Gareth Llewellyn (3 July 2015). "Edinburgh new signing Nasi Manu open to Scotland call | Rugby union". The Sport Review. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Benetton Rugby Saluta Gli 8 Leoni Che Lasciano Il Club". Benetton Rugby (in Italian). 16 June 2020. Retrieved 16 June 2020.

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