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Ex-Super League and NRL star set for coaching role after prison release

Manu Vatuvei was a special winger with plenty of power.

He spent almost all of his career with the New Zealand Warriors. He debuted in 2004 and played all the way up until 2017 making 226 appearances for the club and scoring a huge 152 tries.

The winger played in the Warriors’ 2011 Grand Final defeat to Manly Sea Eagles.

He also devastated Tony Smith’s England side with tries in one game against them. He also featured in the final win over Australia in one of the most famous moments in recent rugby league history.

He would later represent Tonga on the international stage as well.

In July 2017 he joined Super League side Salford Red Devils after an emotional Warriors farewell.

However, after just eight games he was granted a release following an injury going into 2018.

He then retired after a victorious boxing match against David Letele.

However, he has since spent some time in prison.

The 37-year-old was sentenced to three years and seven months imprisonment in March last year after he admitted his role in a drug ring.

Alongside his brother Lopini Mafi, who was sentenced to seven years and two months, the pair imported just over 2kg of methamphetamine in an “unsophisticated” operation.

However, he is now set to be released and take on a coaching role at former club the New Zealand Warriors according to Stuff.

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