Cardiff Blues and USA
The 6’6, 122kg Californian developed a reputation for being one of the most feared hitters in European rugby.
Joining Northampton Saints from San Fransisco in 2010, Manoa became the signing of the season with a series of notable performances, and signed a new three-year contract extension six months into his stay. He ended the season in the ESPN Premiership Dream Team.
In his second season with the Saints, Samu picked up the Players’ Player of the Season, Supporters’ Player of the Season and Player of the Season and appeared for the Barbarians against the British and Irish Lions in Hong Kong.
in 2013/14, Samu and the Saints became Premiership and European Challenge Cup Champions, in a season that saw his contribute 9 tries to the team; as well as being voted Northampton Saints Player of the Season for the 2nd year in succession.
Samu appeared for the USA Eagles in the RWC 2015, being named captain for the 1st time against Japan; and joined up with European Champions Rugby Club Toulonnais ahead of the 2015/16 season.
After 3 seasons in the South of France, Samu returned to the UK to sign with Cardiff Blues ahead of the 2018/19 season.
Position – 2nd row / no.8
Club – Cardiff Blues
Nationality – American
Honours – USA Eagles, Northampton Saints Players of the Season 2013 & 2014
Date of Birth – 05/03/1985
Height – 201 cm
Weight – 122kg