Manu Vatuvei announces retirement from rugby league

Warriors great Manu Vatuvei has announced his retirement from rugby league, a month after it was revealed a brain cyst had ended his prospects of a boxing career.

Vatuvei holds the club try-scoring record at the Warriors from a 14-year career at the club and played one season in the Super League with Salford.

He left Salford in 2018, having last taken the field in 2017.

The 33-year-old Kiwis veteran said on Instagram on Monday he was now ready to accept the time was right to retire.

"I wasn't ready to or accept that my time is up and can honestly say it’s been the tough and now I’m ready to accept and announce my retirement," Vatuvei wrote.

"…Just like to thank everyone that has supported me through my career.

"To all the fans thank you for always supporting me and all the kind messages over the years, I will always remember them and cherish it for the rest of my life…

"I know I've been one of those [players] that always have you on the edge of your seat whenever I played or [a] high ball comes my way hahaha, but I like to always try put a good performance for you every time I'm out there on the field."

Vatuvei scored 152 tries in 226 games for the Warriors, played 28 Test matches for New Zealand, two Tests for Tonga and represented the NRL All Stars three times.

 
 
 
 
 
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Well as you already know that I’ve been out of the game and talks that I’m retired or going to retire but I wasn’t ready to or accept that my time is up and can honestly say it’s been the tough and now I’m ready to accept and announce my retirement... . - Haven’t got much to say right now but just like to thank everyone that has supported me through my career.. to all The Fans thank you for always supporting me and all the kind messages over the years I will always remember them and cherish it for the rest of my life.. I know I’ve been one of those player that always have you on the edge of your seat when ever I played or high ball comes my way hahaha but I like to always try put a good performance for you every time I’m out there on the field... . - I’ve been so lucky to play in a few teams from grassroots(Scorpions/OtaBlu,ETMalosi), @nzwarriors , All Stars, @nzrugbyleague , @tonganrl and @salfordreddevilsrlfc l and have met a lot of friends who I can say are my family... to all the sponsors especially @puma @asicsnz @vodafonenz @airnz @bendonman @barkersclothing and many more but to everyone thank you so much cause you all have played a massive part in my career and I am Iublessed and grateful what everything.. . - To my Family and Friends thank you for having my back every time, through my highs and especially my lows when no one was there for me you guys were the ones that will be there and see the true side of me when people use to think I was the happiest person ever cause of my laughter but behind close doors I wasn’t. Without you I wouldn’t be where I am right now and thank you so much for being there for me and my lil family and even thou I’m having a tough time i can always rely on you guys to have my back and always be there for us. . - My long time mate and manager Peter Brown, the help and support that you have done for me and my family especially all the work people don’t see, it has never gone unnoticed and you have played the biggest part in my career getting my contracts sorted and just sorting out my life, so all I could focus on was footy. really appreciate everything you have done for me and especially my family... . - #OUA #lessssssgoooooo

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