Glasgow Warriors sign South African forward Sintu Manjezi

He has struggled for game time at the Bulls after suffering a serious knee injury last January

Sintu Manjezi has signed for Glasgow Warriors. Image courtesy: Glasgow Warriors
Sintu Manjezi has signed for Glasgow Warriors. Image courtesy: Glasgow Warriors

GLASGOW WARRIORS have signed South African back-five forward Sintu Manjezi from United Rugby Championship rivals the Vodacom Bulls ahead of the 2022-23 season (subject to medical and visa), on a deal which will run for an undisclosed length of time.

The 27-year-old will join fellow South African second-row JP du Preez and Tongan back-row Sione Vailanu as new boys in the Warriors pack next season. Max Williamson, Alex Samuel, Gregor Brown and Angus Fraser have also graduated from the academy.

Warriors are losing three of the current second-rows in the squad at the end of this season, with record appearance holder Rob Harle and Hamish Bain being released while Kiran McDonald is moving to Wasps.


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Manjezi, who is 6ft 6ins tall, first came to prominence in South African schoolboy rugby, captaining St Andrew’s College 1st XV en route to earning a place in the Eastern Province Academy. He made his Currie Cup debut for the province aged 20, making 15 appearances in the 2016-17 season prior to a move to the Griquas the following year, before joining the Toyota Cheetahs ahead of the 2018-19 Guinness PRO14 campaign, moving to the Bulls in the summer of 2020.

He suffered a long-term knee injury playing for the Bulls in the Currie Cup Final in January 2021 and has since struggled for game time with the Pretoria-based outfit, making just one appearance, 17 minutes off the bench against the Sharks at the start of December, during the 2021-22 URC campaign.

Away from rugby, East London-born Manjezi studied at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, as well as representing Eastern Province U19 at cricket prior to turning professional.

 

“I’m looking forward to playing for Glasgow and taking on a new challenge,” said Manjezi. “The opportunity of experiencing a new club outside of South Africa was one I couldn’t turn down.

“I’ve played with Kyle Steyn previously and he speaks really highly of the club’s culture, the hard work that the players put in and its ambitions.

“I think my skillset will compliment Glasgow’s style of play – I like to play with ball in hand and carry hard.

“I can’t wait to get up to Glasgow and put in the hard yards every single day and earn the right to wear the jersey.”

Warriors head coach Danny Wilson added: “Sintu is the type of attacking presence we wanted to add to our depth in the pack.

“It’s great to bolster our second-row options with another exciting player that brings a real carrying presence and good set piece skillset – Sintu also brings the added bonus of being able to play at six.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming him to Scotstoun in the summer ahead of the new season.”

 

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14 Comments

  1. Cheaper imports with experience always come in handy around the season before and after a world cup. Glasgow are lacking a physical presence in the second row and at 6 so if the deal is decent from a financial point of view then it is sensible.

  2. I meant to also add a comment about the huge disparity in 2nd rows between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Edinburgh will after Sam Skinner moves next season have – Gilchrist, Skinner, Glen Young, Jamie Hodgson, Marshall Sykes and Pierce Phillips. Thats way ahead of Glasgows 2nd row pool where I would say only Cummings is ahead of some of the Edinburgh 2nd rows. Perhaps it would have been better moving one of the Edinburgh locks to Glasgow?

    • Why? 3 of those second rows have managed to pick up caps under the existing arrangement, the two young ‘uns are developing very well and there will always be injuries. Player management will be important with next season running into a RWC and with Edinburgh playing in the Champions Cup, strength in depth at second row is important.

  3. A thoroughly underwhelming signing. When I read the article I was initially encouraged but then realised he was not a Bulls regular and when I read he’d only played 17 minutes in the last season mainly due to injury. This is no star signing and you have to wonder what is known about him. Its not like signing a youngster who has great potential – he’s 27 and has never played at the highest level regularly. Lets hope he proves us all wrong.

  4. no non SQ imports. I mean its not as if any club in any other league import non qualified imports.

    Glasgow lose 3 locks. One moves for better money, the other 2 rightly let go. They will need the 2 academy players next season, but it would be madness to have to rely on both (only one of who is likely to cut the mustard BTW). The kids will play of they show better than the new signing, its really that simple. If they can’t show better then they will need to work harder and show they are ALREADY better But having a lowish salary nSQ as a fall back makes loads of sense

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    • Don’t agree. Wilson appears to want bulk above skill in 2nd row. McDonald and Bain were both skilful with good hands. Neither were given a shot. McDonald is going to a better team. Bain is playing Super 6 and is ripping it up there. What about Bean. He will be away next due to lack of game time. Cummings is good. Been watching Du Preez and he is the same as Gray. Big, slow and not agile. Manjenzi cannot get game time with the Bulls. Hopefully not another coaching error by Wilson.

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      • Manjenzi was bought out of his contract at Cheetahs by Bulls, who traded Rosco Specman for him a swell. Must be shit eh? He has had a serious injury and still coming back. He is also known to be a good ball carrier.
        Mcdonald I was sad to see leave, Glasgow’s best lock these last 2 seasons. Bain never going to make it simply didn’t show anything for Warriors.

        I’d agree I wouldn’t be confident of a Gray/Du Preez combination, and Bean was a needs must signing who isn’t up to the mark and won;t feature much, so relying on 2 kids out of 5 locks would be madness. That said I expect one of them to step into match day squads first chance he gets, the other not convinced

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  5. RodB speaks for many. What is the SRU policy for the semi-pro, pro and national teams so they can be held accountable. If this truly is a development structure to support an ambition of the national team this makes no sense. If the pro teams are not supporting the national team they should be released to private sector ownership and the funds reallocated to development.

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  6. RodB speaks for many. What is the SRU policy for the semi-pro, pro and national teams so they can be held accountable. If this truly is a development structure to support an ambition of the national team this makes no sense. If the pro teams are not aupporting the national team they should be released to the private sector ownership and the funds reallocated to development.

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  7. As there appears to be no strategy at Glasgow isn’t it time for this site to have a hard hitting interview with Wilson and the SRU. What is the strategy? Recruitment, playing style, coaching team philosophy. How can they improve? What are the plans? What are the agreed KPIs if any? What constitutes an acceptable performance in 2022 – 2023? What about finances? Are the Edinburgh and Glasgow budgets similar? How do they compare with Italy? Wales? Ireland? South Africa? How do we define return on the budget invested? For the last couple of years Glasgow have looked like a rudderless ship now it looks like the mainmast has fallen overboard.
    One of many, many very disappointed supporters.

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  8. I’m sure the lad is great but someone who could only get 17 minutes with the Bulls!! Hardly a marquee signing…
    I suspect due to a very poor set of results this season, Glasgow are having a hard time recruiting the right talent.
    A prop from the championship. This guy, gosh can’t wait to re-purchase my season ticket.
    Time for a change – and we need it now! SRU listen can’t you hear the shouts from the supporters – Glasgow are going backwards.

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  9. no harm to th3e boy, but, is this really the best use of SRU money? Yet another second-rate, non-=Scottish player, who will get more game time than young Scots.

    The powers-that-be at Scotstoun and Murrayfield don’t give a damn about how they waste our money on player recruitment.

    We should be giving Scottish boys a chance, we don’t need NSQ imports.

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