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Samu Manoa: Blues won’t rush ahead

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Samu Manoa: Blues won’t rush ahead

Cardiff Blues ahead Samu Manoa has made 21 appearances for United States

Cardiff Blues head coach John Mulvihill says he won’t rush new signing Samu Manoa’s first look.

The 33-year-old signed for the Welsh region in July and arrived in South Wales this week after three seasons with French membership Toulon.

The highly effective ahead can play at lock or quantity eight so brings added versatility to the Cardiff Blues pack.

“What is actually essential for me as a coach who has introduced him in is to ensure he’s proper go,” Mulvihill stated.

“I do not need to put him on the market and put him out to fail. If you happen to put gamers on the market that are not 100% fit your needs do them a disservice.”

The Australian coach believes america ahead will probably be prepared for his Blues debut by October’s European Champions Cup video games.

“We’ll get him primed and able to go for presumably Munster or Cheetahs however undoubtedly main into the European Cup,” added Mulvihill.

“Finish of June he had just a few weeks off as a result of he is had an extended season in French rugby.”

Mulvihill does have Wales internationals within the area’s captain Ellis Jenkins in addition to scrum-half Tomos Williams out there for choice to face Leinster on Friday.

Nevertheless, Gareth Anscombe, Josh Navidi, Matthew Rees and Gethin Jenkins won’t play within the Blues’ opening Professional14 match towards the double league and European champions.

BBC Sport – Rugby Union
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