One-eyed Manu fired up

Date published: July 3 2015

Not even an injured eye will prevent Highlanders co-captain Nasi Manu from playing in Saturday's Super Rugby Final against the Hurricanes in Wellington. 

Manu sustained the injury in the Highlanders' semi-final win over the Waratahs last weekend and said he can see well despite having difficulty opening his right eye. 

"I can see and training yesterday was good," he told Fairfax Media on Friday.

"The muscle [in the eye lid] has stopped working, it doesn't want to open."

Although there is uncertainty whether he has sustained long-term damage, the big number eight is adamant that the injury won't prevent him from running out for the final.

"It won't stop me from playing," added Manu.

"It is not much of an injury."

The final will be Manu's last match for the Highlanders before he leaves the Dunedin-based side to join PRO12 outfit Edinburgh. 

"I am trying not to think about it [his last game for the Highlanders] too much," he said.

"It is just exciting to be able to play a final in my last game. It is not about me. I just hope I can do well out there for the boys."