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For Family and Culture

Pride runs through the bloodlines of Roosters centre Joseph Manu.

It is a pride in culture, family, and Maori heritage that is built into his DNA and passed down through a family that hails from the picturesque Northlands of New Zealand.

It is a pride that will fuel him when he takes to the field with some of the brightest names in the NRL in the 2021 All-Stars clash on February 20.

“They are a proud people up north,” Manu said.

“My grandmother is from the Nga Puhi tribe from the Waikare and Rawhiti region of north New Zealand, so I am really proud to represent her and the family there.”

“I’ve spoken to my mum and she was the happiest, she’s always wanted me to play in this game. So I know they will be all watching me.”

I will be doing my best for them and my culture.

Joseph Manu Maori All Star

Joey’s inclusion at centre in the star-studded Maori team is a welcome sight for rugby league fans, with his exciting skill-set suitable to the free-flowing brand of football.

Although a regular inclusion in the New Zealand Kiwi’s International squad, this will be the first time Joey has played in the popular All-Stars fixture, being unavailable for selection in previous years due to World Club Challenge commitments. 

This is my first look at the jersey… it looks great and I can’t wait to put it on and play. - Joseph Manu.
This is my first look at the jersey… it looks great and I can’t wait to put it on and play. - Joseph Manu.

“I’m just excited, it will be my first time putting on this jersey,” Joey said. 

“The game looks exciting. Both teams are playing for their heritage so it's a great format,”

“Everyone who puts on a jersey, whether it's the Indigenous or Maori jersey really likes to represent so I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

“It’s obvious that fans really enjoy it too, so I’m looking forward to the occasion and the atmosphere.”

A 25,000 capacity crowd is expected at the Harvey Norman All Stars pre-season fixture, which will be the first major rugby league event at the new Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

You can secure tickets here.