The French section of La Paloise announces the signing of the Chiefs midfielder, Wallabies Lock and the Fijian representative of the Sevens


Chiefs midfielder Tumua Manu signed a two-year contract with Section Paloise in the Top 14.The 27-year-old center played 16 times for the Chiefs last year, missing only the team’s loss to the Sunwolves in the second round. The minutes weren’t as easy for Manu to come this year, with the strong back asked to play only two games by new coach Warren Gatland.

Manu had already been called up by the Blues in 2018, scoring three tries in four games.

New coach Dave Rennie is aiming for a Wallabie revival after finishing with Glasgow.

The Samoa-born midfielder has forged a solid partnership with TJ Faiane for Auckland for three seasons with the team. In 2018, he helped Auckland win its first provincial title in 11 years, starting with the epic Miter 10 Cup final against Canterbury who finished 40-33 after extra time.

“The Section will also be able to count on the services of the promising center of Tumua Manu chefs for the next two seasons,” announced the Section Paloise website.

“Explosive and opportunistic, Tumua Manu misses no opportunity to advance the position of his team! After having played twenty games in Super Rugby and as many in the Miter 10 Cup in New Zealand, Samoan Tumua Manu takes up a new challenge for the Section and in the TOP 14! ”

Although there is no set date for the Top 14 to resume, given the current coronavirus pandemic, Manu is not expected to appear in Pau until the end of the Aotearoa Super Rugby season.

The Paloise section also announced the signing of the rebel and wallabie lock Matt Philip, the representative of the Seven Fijians Aminiasi Tuimaba and the La Rochelle wing Elliot Roudil.

Former All Blacks Ben Smith, Colin Slade and Tom Taylor all represented Pau until the end of the 2019-2020 season due to the global pandemic. Taylor was still under contract with the club for next season, but his contract was terminated after leaving France without the club’s permission.


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