General Manu Vatuvei Appreciation Thread

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Boats n Hoes

Boats n Hoes

I reckon when he retires then we are going to get a bronze statue of him outside Mt Smart. Who symbolizes a Warrior better than Manu?

Stacey Jones?

.....either really i suppose. Over our history those 2 have been the Warriors talisman players imo.
 
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wallacenz

wallacenz

Awesome try scoring ability, great in the air and unstoppable close to the line.
 
jonno

jonno

With out a doubt one of the great strike players of the last 10 years...
 
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mt.wellington

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Brent Tate did a Q & A on the NRL site tonight and had this to say...

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gREVUS

gREVUS

Long live the Rainbows and Butterflies
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pity they didnt do a follow up question like was that because of his size, running style, technique or just brute strength? would have been interested to know
 
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surfin

surfin

pity they didnt do a follow up question like was that because of his size, running style, technique or just brute strength? would have been interested to know

All of the above.
 
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mt.wellington

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Some Manu Vatuvei memorabilia available from the Warriors online store...

Manu200

MANU VATUVEI 200 NRL GAMES LIMITED EDITION PRINT - SIGNED BY MANU VATUVEI

Limited edition of 100 pieces

Availability: In stock

RRP $295.00

Members: $265.50

https://www.warriorsstore.co.nz/manu-vatuvei-200-nrl-limited-edition-print

Manu10outof10 1

MANU VATUVEI '10 OUT OF 10' LIMITED EDITION PRINT - SIGNED BY MANU VATUVEI

Super limited edition of only 10 pieces!

Only 8 left

Availability: In stock

RRP $950.00

Members: $855.00

https://www.warriorsstore.co.nz/manu-vatuvei-10-out-of-10-limited-edition-print
 
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gREVUS

gREVUS

Long live the Rainbows and Butterflies
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really like the 10 out of 10 but not a chance in hell i can find that sort of coin at the moment.
 
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Beast Mode

Beast Mode

You Know you've made it when they name a Racehorse in Australia after you
A NZ Born Horse of course

Vatuvei
Trainer: Peter G Moody
Sire: Reset
Dam: Boisterous Lady
Sire of Dam: Rivotious
b G 6YO. (29/09/2008)

Owners: Sitralos Racing Synd, C Sharpe, A Coates, J Phyland, D Lucas, Horsing Around Synd, P Clarke, The Bredhim Synd, S Bilalis & Cavalluccio SyndLot: 305 - 2010 NZB NZ Premier Yearling Sale
Vendor: Hallmark StudBuyer: MOODY RACING PTY LTDSale Price: $150,000.00

Career: 42: 5 - 2 - 5 - $455,245
W% - 11.9%. P% - 28.57%
Stakes Race Career: 20: 2 - 2 - 2
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surfin

surfin

You Know you've made it when they name a Racehorse in Australia after you
A NZ Born Horse of course

Vatuvei
Trainer: Peter G Moody
Sire: Reset
Dam: Boisterous Lady
Sire of Dam: Rivotious
b G 6YO. (29/09/2008)

Owners: Sitralos Racing Synd, C Sharpe, A Coates, J Phyland, D Lucas, Horsing Around Synd, P Clarke, The Bredhim Synd, S Bilalis & Cavalluccio SyndLot: 305 - 2010 NZB NZ Premier Yearling Sale
Vendor: Hallmark StudBuyer: MOODY RACING PTY LTDSale Price: $150,000.00

Career: 42: 5 - 2 - 5 - $455,245
W% - 11.9%. P% - 28.57%
Stakes Race Career: 20: 2 - 2 - 2
1351353600000.jpg


Yea but can it turn and chase a grubber?
 
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Miket12

Miket12

Yea but can it turn and chase a grubber?
Manu does have a better winning percentage though. Although some may say they both have hoofs for hands ;)

And I'm with gREVUS - I love the 10 out of 10 print.
 
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mt.wellington

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Vatuvei to honour Lomu
Corey Rosser | NRL.com
Sun 22nd November, 12:38PM
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Vodafone Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei says he will pay tribute to his childhood hero Jonah Lomu throughout the 2016 Telstra Premiership season.

Like many kids growing up in South Auckland in the early 1990s, Vatuvei idolised Lomu, often sporting hairstyles inspired by the All Black legend.

While the haircuts changed over time the level of admiration didn't, and following Lomu's sudden death last week Vatuvei spoke about his plans to remember him next season.

"I will definitely be paying tribute to him after my tries in 2016, and I have also asked Jonah's cousin if I can shave the number 11 into my eyebrows like Jonah used to," Vatuvei said.

"If his family are OK with it then I will be doing that for the whole year as a tribute to Jonah. That's something little I can give back to him and his family.

"It will be a mark of appreciation for him, to show what he meant to me and to the whole of New Zealand."

After Vatuvei played his 200th NRL game this year, the Vodafone Warriors approached Lomu – a known lover of rugby league who came close to shifting codes on a number of occasions – to be a surprise guest to make a presentation to 'The Beast' on field after the match.

That special moment on the Mount Smart Stadium turf will now serve as Vatuvei's enduring memory of his hero.

"I am so blessed that Jonah made it to one of my games and presented me with my 200-game jersey," Vatuvei said.

"It just made my day – I almost broke down in tears to be honest – it was a dream come true to see him.

"When you are a kid you really look up to your idols and as you get older you tend to go away from that, but I really still look up to him in terms of how humble he remained right through.

"He was someone everyone feared on the field, but off the field he was just a lovely person. That is the kind of person I always wanted to be."

Last week Vatuvei joined a number of current and former Vodafone Warriors in paying tribute to Lomu on social media.

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2015/11/22/vatuvei_to_honour_lo.html
 
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mt.wellington

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Vatuvei opens up about personal struggles
1:42 PM Saturday Dec 5, 2015
Michael Burgess
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Rugby League star Manu Vatuvei who is fronting a new depression awareness campaign called Unstoppable. Photograph by Doug Sherring.

Manu Vatuvei has a new mission. The Warriors winger, as he starts to consider life after league, is putting his name to a new charity foundation focused on combating youth suicide, depression and alcohol and drug abuse, among other causes.

It's a personal crusade for Vatuvei. He lost a good friend to suicide last year and has also battled his own mental demons. The name of the charity - I Am Unstoppable - is appropriate. For years, Vatuvei was seen as an indestructible force on the league field - 110kg of muscle and power - but behind the scenes struggled to deal with aspects of life as an NRL player, particularly the unrelenting media focus. It means he can relate to personal struggles, even if not on the same public scale.

"It can be really scary for people," said Vatuvei. "I know people don't want to seek help sometimes. They want to do things by themselves. I remember I tried to sort things out by myself and that never went anywhere until I sought help. But now I feel better and everything is going well."

Vatuvei burst on to the scene in 2005 as an 18-year-old and was soon established in the Kiwis and Warriors, scoring 19 tries in the next two NRL seasons.

But a fateful night at Parramatta in 2007 would affect him for years. In a match televised across Australia and New Zealand, the Warriors lost 30-6 to the Eels but the main focus became Vatuvei and several crucial handling errors he made that night.

"One of my hardest times was when I was being criticised for dropping the ball," he said. "I acted like I was happy and it didn't harm me but it really took a toll on me." The issue was brought up regularly during the next few years and Vatuvei says it took a long time to move on.

"It took me two or three years to get over it, to be honest. There were times I had tears inside me but I just tried to stay strong, stay strong for my family. However, behind closed doors, I was a different person and it was tough. I remember at the time, someone made a joke about dropping my baby that hurt me big time. Those kind of things hurt me a lot. It was a really hard time."

The experience has made Vatuvei stronger - and he has maintained high standards over a long period - but he never forgets the dark days.

"People still talk about it sometimes, though it doesn't hurt me as much as it did then," said Vatuvei. "When people used to make jokes about it, I would laugh but really it hurt me a lot. Now I don't mind if people give it to me. But they just have to keep my family out of it."

Vatuvei's frankness is unusual for a sportsman but typical of the 29-year-old, who tends to wear his heart on his sleeve. He'll be the face of the foundation, which will give talks and offer counselling across schools in Auckland and Northland, and hopes his profile can help.

"I don't have any qualifications but I can show there is another path and that there are people out there who can help and support them and they are not in this alone. I hope we can help and change lives, even if it is just one or two lives. Then if they can help others and hopefully the ripple will keep going and going and save more."

Vatuvei was affected by suicide last year, when a good friend took her life.

"I'm not sure if it was from depression but she was a really kind person and a cop too," said Vatuvei. "I never thought it would come to that point. When she was with us, she was normal and acted like nothing was wrong. It was a shock to all of us."

The foundation was an initiative of Vatuvei's manager, former Kiwis prop Peter Brown, and business partner Paul Davys. They aim to seek government support in the future but it will initially be funded from proceeds from their ChoiceKids childcare business. Vatuvei's principal focus, for now, is still on the field and he's targeting a comeback at next year's Auckland Nines, after injury curtailed his 2015 season.

"This injury was one of the worst in terms of the timing," said Vatuvei. "I felt really down about it and wasn't ready for my season to be over. I wanted to hold off my surgery but the coaching staff kept pushing me to get it done. In the end, it was good, as they found some stuff the scan did not show. Now I'm good."

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/league/news/article.cfm?c_id=79&objectid=11556484
 
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STEEDEN

STEEDEN

not sure if this is in the right thread but congrats to Manu and family.

Warriors wing Manu Vatuvei and wife welcome baby daughter to the family

Blockbusting Kiwis and Warriors wing Manu Vatuvei has showed his softer side, welcoming a baby girl into the family.

"Such a blessing to to welcome the new edition to my lil family," the giant wing said on Instagram.

Vatuvei, 29, and his wife Jenny Ka married in 2010. It is the couple's fourth daughter.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/leagu...-and-wife-welcome-baby-daughter-to-the-family

https://spy.nzherald.co.nz/spy-news/warriors-beast-welcomes-another-baby/
 
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Defence

Defence

not sure if this is in the right thread but congrats to Manu and family.
Warriors wing Manu Vatuvei and wife welcome baby daughter to the family


Blockbusting Kiwis and Warriors wing Manu Vatuvei has showed his softer side, welcoming a baby girl into the family.

"Such a blessing to to welcome the new edition to my lil family," the giant wing said on Instagram.

Vatuvei, 29, and his wife Jenny Ka married in 2010. It is the couple's fourth daughter.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/leagu...-and-wife-welcome-baby-daughter-to-the-family

Come on bro- we need a boy!
 
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mt.wellington

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Congrats Manu Vatuvei...

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jonno

jonno

Such a great champion in his day.

I'll still remember his good moments, cause there were loads..
 
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Bluecat again

Bluecat again

Sort it out Manu. Just cop it on the chin, keep your head down, and move on. It will blow over eventually
 
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pantera nhl

Manu is definitely 1 of the best league players in nz history.
 
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