Langi Gleeson: The 20yo No.7 who turned his back on league to light up Shute Shield

By Jon Geddes

HE is the rising star who was lost to rugby and has returned to make a huge impact for the revitalised Manly Marlins in their Shute Shield campaign.

Twenty-year-old backrower Langi Gleeson has hit a purple patch of form, with a standout display in Manly’s 19-17 win over arch-rivals Warringah in the battle of the beaches and then backing that up with a three-try man of the match performance in last Saturday’s 34-32 win over premiership heavyweights Norths at Manly Oval.

The former Junior Wallaby is a Harbord Harlequins junior, who like so many promising young rugby players made the big switch to rugby league and had a season with the South Sydney Rabbitohs Under 20s after finishing school.