Manuel who has also excelled with the Black Ferns, is renowned for her tireless work rate in defence and on attack. She was the first captain of the new look Women's Sevens side when it took part in the inaugural Women's World Series in 2013. She led the team to victory in that series, topped off by a Sevens World Cup triumph in Moscow later that year.
Injury robbed her of game time in 2015, but she is back in the squad and aiming to be there when sevens debuts at the Olympics.
Rugby ground: Eden Park
Rugby player and why: My Mum, Liza Mihinui. An inspiration watching her play
Earliest rugby memories: Playing alongside some great female rugby players - Anna Richards, Suzy Shortland, Exia Shelford-Edwards, Monique Hirovana
Biggest influence on your rugby career and why: My Mum. She's the number one reason why I am the rugby player I am today....endless love and support!
Food: Chicken, watermelon & milky bars are a few of my fav's
Actor/Actress: Michelle Rodriguez
Movie: Lion King, The Notebook
Book: The pursuit of happiness
Singer/Band/Music type: Beyonce. A bit of everything
Holiday destination: Dream destination, Brazil....The Islands
Non-rugby sports team: David Tua and Kamp Tuaman
If you could meet one person, who would it be and why: My Nana. I never got the chance to meet her, would love to give her a big kiss and cuddles.
I hate it when...I trip over myself
I can't live without....My loved ones
If I wasn't a rugby player I would be...A pro-surfer, travelling
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