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Hull man reflects on final Tonga game

23rd December 2018, 12:46 by Daniel McCarthy

Hull FC back row Sika Manu says his final appearance for Tonga against Australia ranks as one of his best moments in the sport.

Captaining the Pacific Island nation in November, Tonga went down to a 34-16 loss against Australia at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland.

Manu has enjoyed a glittering career at international level, representing New Zealand in the 2008 World Cup final as well as winning the Four Nations.

He then chose to represent the country of his heritage and despite the negative result, Manu insists that it was a great moment for him.

“It’s one of the most memorable moments of my career for a lot of reasons,” Manu told Hull Live. “One of them is because of my Tongan heritage and captaining the side was great as well. It’s definitely one of my highlights.

“It was a crazy atmosphere and a very emotional game. It was the first time Tonga had played Australia so it meant a lot.

“I had a bit of an injury with my knee but I did everything I could to get back and fortunately I was able to do that. I was just happy to be involved.

“The family were there and when I said I was going to retire after the match they were gutted. I just felt like it was the right time. It gives the young boys a go and Tonga will keep on building.”

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Daniel McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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