Fiji Time: 11:43 AM on Tuesday 23 December

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Chiefs sign 'injured' prop

Aap
Saturday, December 08, 2012

WELLINGTON - Defending Super Rugby champions the Chiefs have handed a rugby lifeline to prop Pauliasi Manu days after he was cut from the Melbourne Rebels over injury fears.

The Chiefs moved quickly to recruit Manu after prop Josh Hohneck suffered a freak farm injury, ruling him out for the entire 2013 season.

Hohneck badly damaged his ankle while drenching cattle and the extent of the injury and his rehabilitation means he will not feature next year.

Manu was ditched by the Rebels late last month after he failed a medical examination.

Fears over a disc issue in the neck of the 24-year-old forced the Rebels, who had signed him on a two-year deal, to cut him loose.

But Rennie says their medical experts, including Chiefs doctor James McGarvey and New Zealand Rugby Union's medical director Ian Murphy, have passed Manu as fit to play.

"Different organisations have varying medical processes, but we are very comfortable with the high level of investigations that have taken place in New Zealand, including that of a spinal specialist which have all cleared Pauliasi fit," Rennie said.

Manu has played five times for the Blues and played a key role in Auckland's provincial championship charge this season and started in their final loss to Canterbury last month.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. $30m drug haul
  2. Payout for former TV execs
  3. Dad reunites with daughter
  4. Bleak Christmas for family
  5. Song draws tears at turtle's release
  6. $150k facility for passengers
  7. Obey the rules, stay safe and save lives
  8. $60m gold investment
  9. LTA targets taxi permits
  10. Business as usual this Xmas

Top Stories this Week

  1. TV pair sent home Wednesday (17 Dec)
  2. Justice and sleep at last Thursday (18 Dec)
  3. Clan leader calls for harsher penalties Wednesday (17 Dec)
  4. Court told of baby's tragic end Thursday (18 Dec)
  5. 441 new positions Wednesday (17 Dec)
  6. A-G: Claim ludicrous Friday (19 Dec)
  7. Drunk doctor claim Monday (22 Dec)
  8. Rugby star's emotional celebration with children Thursday (18 Dec)
  9. Axed but at peace Monday (22 Dec)
  10. Years later daughter still feels pain of losing dad Friday (19 Dec)