Nasi Manu has thanked the Edinburgh Rugby supporters and admits he has made some lifelong friends in the capital after Treviso announced his signing from 2017/18.

The back-row arrived at BT Murrayfield to some fanfare in 2015 given that he had been part of a successful Highlanders outfit, but a string of injury issues have limited him to just 16 appearances.

The 28-year-old is now heading off to Italy to join Edinburgh’s Guinness PRO12 rivals Treviso in the close season.

He said: “I’ve really enjoyed it at Edinburgh and have made lifelong friends. I am sad to leave, but excited about the opportunity to keep doing what I love.

“I’m really grateful to Benetton Rugby for the trust and the opportunity  they have given me.

“I cannot wait to be coached again by coach Kieran Crowley and get to know the culture and the Italian way of life.

“During my stay in Treviso I hope to play my best rugby and continue to grow as a player on and off the field, I cannot wait until the end of May to start pre-season with my new team mates.”

Treviso Sports Director Antonio Pavanello said: “For the purposes of our project is very important for us to be able to bring a player like Nasi Manu to Treviso.

“Kieran knows his qualities and his leadership and we are excited about his arrival.”

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