Manu Vatuvei

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Manu Vatuvei
The Beast
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Auckland, NZ
107 kg
New Zealand, Tonga
Warriors #
Warriors Debut (Date and Match Details)
May 23, 2004 (Vrs South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Junior Club
Otara Scorpions
Signed From
Junior Warriors
Winger, Centre
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Born in New Zealand and bred in Otara, Auckland. Attended Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate and played for the Otara Scorpions and Otahuhu Leopards in Auckland Rugby League competitions before playing for the Otahuhu Ellerslie Leopards in the Bartercard Cup.

‘The Beast’ was scouted at the age of 16 by the Vodafone Warriors after piling on the points at club level for the Otara Scorpions and then the Otahuhu Leopards. He bided his time with the development squad before being called upon in 2004, making his NRL debut against South Sydney. He impressed from the outset and began evolving into the threatening combination of velocity and power that we know him to be today.

Vatuvei posted his most impressive season to date in 2008, despite being limited to 17 games with a broken leg. He scored an incredible 16 tries, including a hat-trick against Parramatta in the final regular season match to secure a playoff berth for the Vodafone Warriors. He was recognised for his standout year by the Rugby League International Federation’s decision to name him as the International Winger of the Year. This acknowledgement came just days before the Kiwis’ dramatic World Cup final victory, making it a week to savour for Manu.

His 2010 season was another one to remember as his 20-try season took him to top spot on the Vodafone Warriors' all-time try-scoring chart, passing Stacey Jones' old mark of 77. He has since gone on to tighten his grip on the record, advancing to well over the 100-try mark going into the 2014 season.

His strike rate is one of the best among all current NRL players.

  • 2004 - Makes debut vs South Sydney Rabbitohs
  • 2005 - International Debut for Kiwis 16 October 2005 Tri Nations vs Kangaroos
  • 2005 - International Rookie of the Year
  • 2005 - Scores 2 tries in 2005 Tri Nations Final vs Kangaroos 24-0
  • 2005 - Tri Nations Winners
  • 2007 - NRL 50th game 7th July Round 17 vs Cowboys
  • 2008 - Warriors Top TryScorer (16)
  • 2008 - NZRL World Cup most try record (4) vs England
  • 2008 - RLWC Winners
  • 2008 - International Winger of the Year
  • 2009 - Warriors Top Try Scorer (13)
  • 2010 - Represents club for All Stars game
  • 2010 - NRL 100th game 6th June Round 13 vs Dragons
  • 2010 - Clubs top try scorer of all time surpassing Stacey Jones 77 in the Qualifying Final vs Titans
  • 2010 - Top Try Scorer (20)
  • 2010 - Awarded Warriors Player of the Year
  • 2010 - Awarded Vodafone One Tribe Player of the Year
  • 2010 - Four Nations Winners
  • 2011 - Warriors Top Try Scorer (12)
  • 2011 - Played in NRL Grand Final loss to Manly scoring 1 try.
  • 2012 - Represents club for All Stars game
  • 2012 - Captain debut for club 29th July Round 21 vs Manly
  • 2012 - 100th NRL try and first ton in Warriors history 11th August Round 23 vs Cowboys
  • 2012 - 150th NRL game 19th August Round 24 vs Panthers
  • 2012 - Warriors equal Top Try Scorer (12)
  • 2013 - 10 Year Testimonial 2nd June Round 20 vs Storm
  • 2013 - Warriors Top Try Scorer (16)
  • 2013 - Warriors Clubman of the Year
  • 2013 - Selected for the Kiwis RLWC squad
  • 2014 - Warriors Top Try Scorer (17)
  • 2014 - Warriors Clubman of the Year
  • 2014 - Four Nations Champions
  • 2015 - ANZAC Test Charles Savoury Man of the Match medal
  • 2015 - Became the first player to score 10 tries in 10 consecutive seasons



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