And he believes that the island nation’s exciting brand of Rugby League will excite supporters new and old at Rugby League World Cup 2013.
“We seek to play an entertaining game for the fans and we play to win. I’m sure it’ll be a performance worth watching,” said Manu.
“Once we get the squad together we can start to discuss our targets, and I think the aim has to be to win the group that we’ve been drawn in.
“If we can do that then we can start to look at what else we can achieve, but it’s important to focus on each of our group opponents first, before we start getting ahead of ourselves.
“We have to try and get a couple of wins under our belt and focus on being competitive in every game we play, regardless of who we progress to face.”
But Manu believes the inclusion of players who qualify through family ties or residence is good for the tournament.
“Italy could be a real tough prospect with the number of heritage players then can call on, but I think can only be good for the game,” he said.
“I think it’ll raise standards at the tournament, teams will have good strong squads, and the result is a much more exciting Rugby League World Cup 2013.
“I’m always proud to represent Tonga and I’ll be happy to play for them again this year if I am selected and can stay injury free
“It’s a big opportunity for for us to put ourselves on the map as a League-playing nation. We had a good squad for the last World Cup but we probably didn’t perform as well as we could have.
“There are a lot of talented young players out there and I think if we get our squad right we’ll be in a position to stamp our mark in Rugby League.
“And I think we could see a few Tongan domestic players playing at the tournament too, which is great for the development of the sport over there.
“It’s a good opportunity for any player, not just those involved with the Tonga team. If you want to make a mark and earn an opportunity then this stage is where to do it.”
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