Edinburgh-bound Nasi Manu bags Super Rugby title

Highlanders co-captains Ben Smith, left, and Nasi Manu celebrate
Highlanders co-captains Ben Smith, left, and Nasi Manu celebrate
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Edinburgh-bound back rower Nasi Manu signed off from southern hemisphere rugby in style as he captained Highlanders to a first Super Rugby title in Wellington.

Manu exhibited the attributes he will bring to Alan Solomons’ side in a hard-fought 21-14 success over Hurricanes, despite suffering from an eye injury.

The 26-year-old powerhouse has not ruled out the possibility of using his move to the Capital as a stepping stone into the Scotland squad.

Manu was a member of the New Zealand team that won the World-Under 19 title in 2007 and became Under-20 champions the following season. Among his colleagues were Sean Maitland and Grayson Hart, who have gone on to represent Scotland. He has agreed a two-year deal with Edinburgh and told the Sport Review website that, although he has not yet spoken to Scotland coach Vern Cotter, the possibility of qualifying on residential grounds was a factor in his decision.

“I spoke to my agent and, in terms of Scotland, I think it was part of the plan. I’m going to keep myself eligible for the next three years,” he said. “It’s an excellent plan for me for two years then hopefully one year after.”