Josh Mann-Rea

Super Rugby Caps 61


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

One of the most popular members of the Brumbies, Josh Mann-Rea enters his sixth season with club showing no signs of slowing down.

A former coal miner from Narromine, Mann-Rea took an unconventional path to becoming a Super Rugby player. The 36-year old had all but given up on a professional rugby career and had taken up a mining job in the Illawarra region of NSW when an opportunity in Japan arose with the Kyuden Voltex.

Mann-Rea would spend two years with the Voltex, endearing himself to Japanese fans with his strong play and goal kicking ability, a rarity for a front rower.

‘Bongo’, as Mann-Rea is affectionately known, would return to Australia and make his Super Rugby debut with the Waratahs in 2012, coming off the bench against the Stormers in Cape Town.

In 2013 he made the move to the Brumbies and debuted in Round 17 that year, going on to make 58 appearances for the Brumbies and scoring six tries.

Mann-Rea received a shock Wallabies call up in 2014, making his international bow against Argentina in Mendoza. He was subsequently selected for the team’s Spring Tour and received his second cap against the Barbarians at Twickenham.

One of the biggest success stories in Australian rugby, Mann-Rea will be a key player for the Brumbies in 2018.

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