Daniel Manu
Birth nameDaniel Tai Manu
Date of birth (1970-06-04) 4 June 1970 (age 53)
Place of birthTonga[1]
Height6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight252 lb (114 kg)
SchoolPenrose High School
Notable relative(s)Nasi Manu (nephew)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
New South Wales
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
1996-2000 NSW Waratahs 43 (40)
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
New Zealand U21



Daniel Tai Manu is an Australian former rugby union footballer who played as flanker. He is of Tongan origin.[2][3]


Manu was born in Tonga and educated at Penrose High School, in Auckland. He played for Auckland U18 and U20 teams, as well the senior team in the National Provincial Championship. After moving to Australia in 1994, Manu joined Eastwood and the following year, he played for the New South Wales representative team.[4] Manu first made his first international test cap for Australia in the 1995 Rugby World Cup, against Romania, in Stellenbosch, at the Danie Craven Stadium, on 3 June 1995 when he was subbed on in the 28th minute as a substitute for David Wilson, and then subbed off in the 35th minute. His last cap for the Wallabies was on 2 August 1997, against South Africa, in Brisbane, at Lang Park. Manu is most known for his textbook tackle on New Zealand winger Jonah Lomu during his second Bledisloe Cup test at Eden Park in Auckland. He also played in the Super 14 since its inception for New South Wales Waratahs until his retirement in 2000. Between 2011 and 2013, Manu was appointed as coach for West Harbour RFC first-grade team.[5] Currently, as of 2019, Manu was appointed Managing Director of CT Checkout Australia, a computer security company.[6]

Personal life

He is uncle to Nasi Manu, who plays for Tonga at international level,[7][8] whose cousin Sika Manu is a rugby league player.[9]

Daniel is married to Elsa and they have 5 children


  1. ^ Daniel Manu profile Rugby Australia
  2. ^ "Sekope Kepu on the multicultural Wallabies | RugbyPass". www.rugbypass.com. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Tongan Rugby Stars help promote Tonga". Matangitonga. 30 September 2003. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  4. ^ Daniel Manu profile Rugby Australia
  5. ^ "Matt Briggs To Co-Coach West Harbour in 2013". Rugby News. 10 November 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Daniel Manu's Linkedin profile". Linkedin. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Manu playing for Christchurch family, friends". Stuff.
  8. ^ "Edinburgh new signing Nasi Manu open to Scotland call". The Sport Review. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  9. ^ Jessup, Peter (2 October 2008). "League: Talented pair picked the right path". ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 26 March 2019.