Deacon Manu

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Deacon Manu
Full name Deacon Tehanakore Manu
Date of birth (1979-02-18) 18 February 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth New Plymouth, New Zealand
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 118 kg (18 st 8 lb)
Notable relative(s) Son: Izac Manu , Safia Manu
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Current team Retired
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Waikato Chiefs
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
NZ Māori
Teams coached
Years Team
2014– Hong Kong Cricket Club

Deacon Tehanakore Manu (born 18 February 1979 in New Plymouth, New Zealand) is a New Zealand-born retired Fijian rugby union footballer. He played as a prop for the Scarlets in the Rabo Direct Pro12, having signed from the Chiefs in 2006.[1] He is now currently head coach of Hong Kong Cricket Club in the HKRFU Premiership.



Born in New Plymouth, Taranaki, Manu began his rugby career with Waikato, the province immediately to the north of Taranaki. He made his debut for Waikato in 1999, playing against a Japanese XV. He made a further 65 appearances for Waikato during his time there. In 2001, he was selected for the Waikato Chiefs Super 12 squad. He made his debut for the Chiefs in their opening game of the 2001 Super 12 season, a 42–23 loss to the Waratahs. Manu played for the Chiefs for a further five years before being signed by the Welsh club Scarlets in the summer of 2006. He made his competitive debut for the Scarlets on 8 September 2006, coming on as a 29th-minute substitute for John Davies in a 31–17 victory over the Glasgow Warriors.

Manu has international experience playing for the New Zealand Māori, having played against the British and Irish Lions during their 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand. He has also played for the New Zealand Universities and New Zealand Under 21's.

In the lead-up to the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Manu expressed his availability for selection to the Fijian selectors. Although he had played all of his representative rugby for New Zealand teams up to that point, Manu was eligible for Fiji through his Fijian mother.[2] Manu made his debut for Fiji in 2009 against Scotland and captained Fiji in their game against Australia in June 2010. He later returned for the 2010 end of year tour and was handed the captaincy of the Fiji team again. He later captained the side in the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He last represented Fiji on 17 November 2012 against the Ireland Wolfhounds.


On 28 April 2014, Manu announced that he would retire at the end of the 2013-14 European season, and take up the role of Head Coach for Hong Kong Cricket Club, which is a rugby union club that plays in the HKRFU Premiership.[3]


  1. ^ "Scarlets secure Maori prop Manu". BBC Sport. 3 June 2006. Retrieved 6 February 2008. 
  2. ^ Singh, Indra (16 March 2007). "I'll pack down for Fiji: Manu". Fiji Times. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  3. ^ Pro12: Deacon Manu to leave Scarlets for Hong Kong

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