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Prop Manu swaps Chiefs for Blues

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/09/2016

Pauliasi Manu in action. © Getty Images Pauliasi Manu in action. Prop Pauliasi Manu is leaving the Chiefs to join the Blues for next season's Super Rugby campaign.

The Tongan-born 28-year-old missed most of this season after rupturing an Achilles tendon at training in March.

He played five times for the Blues between 2011-12 before joining the Melbourne Rebels on a two-year deal only to fail a medical check before the start of the 2013 season.

He then joined the Chiefs that year as an injury replacement and went on to play 49 times for the franchise and was called into the All Blacks' World Cup squad on the eve of the final last year after an injury to Wyatt Crockett.

He made his return from his Achilles injury last week to play for Counties-Manukau in the national provincial championship.

Blues coach Tana Umaga said the addition of Manu would bolster their front row stocks which also includes All Blacks Charlie Faumuina and Ofa Tu'ungafasi.

"Pauliasi is another local Auckland boy coming home. He has an excellent work ethic, he is strong at his core duties and a powerful runner in open play," said Umaga.

Manu said he was looking forward to return to Auckland.

"To come back to Auckland is a big plus for me and my family," Manu said. "I want to do my best to help the Blues have a successful season on and off the field next year. I really enjoyed my rugby under Tana Umaga at Counties Manukau and I am looking forward being part of the Blues again."

The Blues will name their full squad in late October.

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