- Publish Date
- Friday, 14 July 2017, 2:43PM
After a 226 game career, we are certainly going to be sad to see Manu leaving The Warriors.
The 31-year-old 'Beast' played a crazy 152 games for The Warriors, and 22 for the Kiwis.
But it's what the sport has given to Vatuvei that's more important: he credits rugby league for transforming his life, by equipping him with personal skills and providing a broader world view that helped him to avoid a path less desired.
"Definitely the game has done a lot for me as a person," said Vatuvei.
"Just mentally and in knowing how to look after myself and how to deal with things in life and how to treat people well.
"If I was going back to when I was a kid, and all of the things that I used to see, the game kind of saved me from becoming a different person.
"I think I would have been doing bad things and I know I wouldn't be around too much.
"I think I'd be inside [in jail] or something. I'm not too sure, but just the way I'd been going as a kid, the game kind of saved me from all of that stuff."
What an amazing guy - you will be missed Manu!