Student Horizons is absolutely delighted and honoured that Duane Mann has joined Student Horizons as an Ambassador. We are passionate about League at Student Horizons and Duane is a true legend of the game. Duane is a rugby league coach and former professional footballer who represented and captained both the New Zealand Kiwis and Tonga. Currently Duane is managing the growth and profile of the game at secondary school level across Auckland for Auckland Rugby League.
Duane attended Kelston Boys High School and played for the Glenora Bears from schoolboys right up to premier grade. He made his debut for Auckland in 1987 and played in the 30-14 win over Great Britain in 1988.
In 1989 Duane signed for the Warrington Wolves in the English Premiership. While at Warrington, he played in the 1990 Challenge Cup Final against the Wigan warriors. Duane played for three seasons in England before being signed by the Auckland Warriors who were to enter the Australian Rugby League competition in 1995. Returning home, he played a season for the North Harbour Sea Eagles who he captained to win the 1994 Lion Red Cup. He left the Warriors in 1996 and returned to win the Lion Red Cup, as captain of the Counties Manukau Heroes. He captained and won three successive Fox Memorial Championships with the Glenora Bears in the 1997, 1998 and 1999 Auckland Rugby League competition and again represented Auckland in the 1997 Super League Challenge Cup.
Duane made his debut for Tonga in 1986. In 1989 he first made the New Zelaand National side and from 1989 to 1993 played in 24 consecutive tests, including matches that formed part of the 1989-1992 World Cup. In 1994 he was made captain of the New Zealand side
After captaining New Zealand in 1994, he captained Tonga in both the 1995 and 2000 World Cups.
Duane has worked in the sport and education sector for over 15 years and has also run his own retail business and corporate training.
We are privileged to have Duane Mann on board as a Student Horizons Ambassador. He is inspirational and has achieved on the global stage. Most of all he’s a top bloke!