The Black Fern and daughter of former Black Fern Liz Mihinui, Manuel has been a regular member of the team since the new look sevens side was formed in 2012 under coach Sean Horan. He named her the team's new captain. She took the side to the inaugural World Series title and World Champion's titles in 2013, adding to her two Women's Rugby World Cup wins with the Black Ferns. Injury robbed her of game time in 2015, but she has stormed back in 2016 to book her place for Rio.
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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