Peter Bills: Manawatu on cloud nine in Italian bubble
Published 28/01/2010 | 05:00
His name won't strike a ready chord with you, but then, that won't surprise him. Tim Manawatu knows he doesn't exactly have a name as familiar as Dan Carter or Richie McCaw.
No matter, this young man's life has been transformed since he got to Italy on his rugby odyssey; there really is no other way to describe it.
Like all young New Zealand kids, he yearned to pull on the black jersey, to call himself an All Black. But that is a reward afforded to just the privileged few.