Simon Mannering Warrior Autobiography
Simon Mannering is one of elite sport’s great enigmas. From 2005 to 2018 he was a regular fixture in the Warriors and Kiwis rugby league teams and has captained both. He is one of only a handful of players to have played 300 NRL games for one club and, remarkably, he’s the only one who has ever done it flying back and forth across the Tasman every second weekend. Yet little is known about him, as he shuns the spotlight and seldom does interviews.
Warriors and former All Blacks doctor John Mayhew rates Simon alongside Richie McCaw and Buck Shelford for sheer toughness, and his ability to play through pain and illness is legendary. While the Warriors have been up and down over the years, Simon Mannering has maintained a consistently high standard of play and regularly led tackle counts. Yet he was not a sporting prodigy. In Warrior, Simon explains how he transformed himself from a sports-mad kid with mediocre talents into one of the greats of New Zealand sport.