Josh Mann-Rea

Super Rugby Caps 60

 

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

Josh Mann-Rea is now 38 years old, so when the Brumbies hooker went down with a season ending hamstring injury against the Rebels last season, Brumbies fans could have been forgiven for thinking they’d seen the last of the experienced rake.

Not to worry, Bongo is back! Yes, lacing them up for another season, Mann-Rea returns to the squad hoping to add a Super Rugby medal to his cabinet.

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.

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.

Mann-Rea’s replacement last season, Folau Fainga’a, became a star in his absence and is likely the incumbent for the number-two jersey in 2019. Mann-Rea will push him all the way however and will provide elite cover if needs be.

Perhaps most importantly, Bongo is a standard setter at the Brumbies. If you can outwork him, you’re doing well as his commitment is unmatched. On the field and off it, Josh Mann-Rea is a crucial cog in the Brumbies system, and it’ll be great to have him back this year.

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