Our Story

Salesi Manu Rugby Family

Values Based Rugby

After almost 20 years of being involved in Rugby Union through schooling and as both a professional player in Australia and abroad Salesi Manu was forced into early retirement after a serious knee injury in Japan.

Returning to Australia and now a family man with 2 young children, he continued his involvement with Rugby through coaching in one of Australia’s top boys schools however found there was a big gap for Rugby whilst trying to find an activity for his then 3 year old son.

So the decision was made to design a program for the Australian people, by the Australian people.  With the help of other coaches, players and teaching staff he developed 1st FiVes Rugby – a values based Rugby Union play program.

A program that is now owned and delivered across the country by some of the best ex professional players in the world.

Come & experience 1st Fives in a location near you. 

Child Smiling Playing Rugby

Our Mission

To Grow the Game of Rugby Union within the community and have Fun. 

Our Goal

To help children build a love for Rugby that stays with them a lifetime.

Kids Playing Rugby at the Beach

Benefits of 1st FiVes

  • Increases self awareness, self esteem and self respect
  • Encourages language skills and supports pre literacy and learning
  • Develops social and emotional skills and develops communication and interpersonal skills
  • Builds confidence and Improves behaviour and playground manner
  • Creates positive interactions between both parents and other children
  • Encourages active play and fosters creativity, imagination and independence
  • Improves physical and mental health while reducing the risks of childhood obesity
  • Creates a sense of belonging through motivation and teamwork