Tonga’s cancer beater gets his moment at Rugby World Cup | Inquirer Sports

Tonga’s cancer beater gets his moment at Rugby World Cup

/ 06:01 PM September 23, 2019
Nasi Manu Tonga

FILE – In this June 27, 2015, file photo, Waratahs’ Adam Ashley-Cooper, left, tugs on the shirt of Highlanders’ Nasi Manu during their Super Rugby semifinal match in Sydney. The 31-year-old Manu is on the brink of playing his first game at the World Cup, and first since being diagnosed with testicular cancer. He missed all of 2018 and feared for his life, not just his career, while having to undergo emergency surgery and months of chemotherapy. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

SAPPORO, Japan — There were times not long ago when Nasi Manu was too sick and weak from the chemotherapy to walk up the steps at a stadium and watch a game of rugby. On Sunday, he played in a Rugby World Cup match.

Manu got his moment off the bench in Tonga’s opening game of the World Cup against England in Sapporo.


Tonga lost 35-3 but got some inspiration by seeing the loose forward come off the bench to complete his recovery from testicular cancer that saw him undergo emergency surgery, months of chemotherapy and miss all international rugby last year and most of this season.

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