Josh Mann-Rea

Super Rugby Caps 58


Height Weight
181cm 108kg
Born Hometown
19 / 02 / 1981 Narromine

Surely one of the most popular rugby stories of the past five years is the rise of Josh ‘Bongo’ Mann-Rea – the Brumbies most popular bloke – who went from a part-timer to Wallaby within the space of two years.

Having given up on the game and begun working in the coal mines in the Illawarra region of NSW, a gold jersey had almost certainly passed Mann-Rea by in 2010. But an opportunity arose in Japan, then one with the Waratahs and another with the Brumbies and before you knew it Bongo was being honored at pubs and bars from Narromine to Bronte, from Tokyo to Bruce.

His first cap for the Brumbies was from the bench in round 17, 2013 against the Melbourne Rebels. Mann-Rea impressed then Brumbies coach Jake White with his brief performance, taking two carries and breaking a tackle.

Mann-Rea’s first starting match for the Brumbies was a celebration in itself, with his side smacking the Force 47-25 to charge into the 2014 Finals. He started another two games at hooker in 2014 including the Brumbies entire Finals campaign before being called into Ewan McKenzie’s Wallabies squad to contest the Rugby Championship.

Mann-Rea’s first Wallabies selection didn’t result in any minutes against the Boks in Perth. But he didn’t have to wait long for another opportunity, coming on with 20 to play against the Pumas in Argentina before making another appearance against the All Blacks.

Mann-Rea was subsequently selected on the Wallabies 2014 Spring Tour and made his final Wallabies appearance of the season against the Barbarians at Twickenham.

Bongo has spent the majority of the off-season trying to convice Brumbies teammates to gift him a pass, albeit if it means it is over the tryline – so he can cross for his first ever Super Rugby try in 2016.

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