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Highlanders co-captain Manu to depart at season's end
ESPN Staff
March 24, 2015
The Hurricanes maintain their unbeaten start to 2015 in Dunedin (Australia only)

Co-captain Nasi Manu is determined to taste success in his sixth and final season with the Highlanders after signing a contract with Edinburgh.

Tough No.8 Manu will join the Scottish club at the end of the Super Rugby season, having secured a two-year deal. The 26-year-old, who won world titles at under-19 and under-20 level, couldn't build on his promise and gain All Blacks honours.

He scored a try on his debut for Canterbury as a teenager and has won six NPC titles in his eight seasons there. After two seasons with the Crusaders, Manu shifted to the Highlanders in 2010. However, early-season injuries ruined his 2010 and 2013 campaigns, reducing his number of Highlanders appearances to 53.

He has shared the captaincy with fullback Ben Smith over the last two seasons.

"I am keen to finish off my time here really successfully and that's my focus at the moment. I know when the time comes to go it's going to be tough," he said. "This place, this team, it gets under your skin, becomes part of you and I will always treasure my time here."


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