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Loosehead prop Pauliasi Manu joins the Melbourne Rebels from the Auckland Blues

Last Updated: 18/10/12 10:41am

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Pauliasi Manu: Will join the Rebels from the Blues

Pauliasi Manu: Will join the Rebels from the Blues

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The Melbourne Rebels have completed the signing of loosehead prop Pauliasi Manu from the Auckland Blues.

Manu has agreed a two-year deal at the Rebels and will compete with Nic Henderson and Eddie Aholelei for the No 1 jersey.

Rebels head coach Damien Hill said: "Pauliasi has had strong ITM Cup form with Auckland this season and has had Super Rugby experience.

"In addition to his scrummaging, Pauliasi brings attacking skills and a competitive streak that is going to make the battle for starting loosehead prop very exciting over the next two years. We are all looking forward to Pauliasi becoming a Melbourne Rebel."

Manu will arrive in Melbourne having honed his skills at Auckland and the Blues under World Cup winner Tony Woodcock.

"I have learnt a lot from Tony and all my team-mates and am proud of my time with Auckland and the Blues," said Manu.

"I am really looking forward to the opportunity to push for a starting spot and build on my five Super Rugby Caps as a Rebel."

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