Thompson was born in Fiji before moving to Australia when he was 11. His birth mother, Elenoa Tokalautawa died when he was very young, he was adopted by his mother's younger sister, Ana Waqanibaravi Thompson. He played his junior football with the Alexandria Rovers. Thompson also played rugby union and toured Japan with a New South Wales schoolboys side that included Graham Mackay and Scott Gourley.
- Manoa Thompson
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth:
- 188 kg
- Current Status:
- Self employed delivery truck driver in Sydney
- Warriors #:
- Warriors Debut (Date and Match Details):
- March 10th 1995 vs Brisbane Broncos
- Junior Club:
- Alexandria Rovers
- Signed From:
- Western Suburb Magpies
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His uncle is Sitiveni Rabuka. Thompson is the father of Jarryd Hayne.
Thompson joined the South Sydney Rabbitohs, where he played in their champion under-21 side before playing in their under-23 side. He made his first grade debut for Souths in round 11 of the 1989 season.
Thompson went on to play 61 first grade games for Souths between 1987 and 1993. He spent 1994 with the Western Suburbs Magpies, playing in only seven matches after having knee and ankle surgery during the off season.
In 1995 he was part of the inaugural squad for the new Auckland Warriors franchise and played in the centres for the Warriors in their first ever competition game, a 25-22 loss to the Brisbane Broncos in front of 29,220 fans at the Ericsson Stadium in Auckland. However, he again only played in seven matches and was not retained for the 1996 season.
In November 1995 Thompson signed with English club Warrington and played for the club during the inaugural Super League season. He left Warrington in February 1996 after failing to settle in Britain. Thompson represented Fiji in 1996. His only appearance saw a 72-4 loss to Great Britain at the Prince Charles Park in Nadi, the score being the record for the largest test win by the Lions.
After returning from England, Thompson trialed with the Canberra Raiders before signing with the Penrith Panthers. However he spent the season in reserve grade and returned to South Sydney during the off season.
After not securing a contract, Thompson moved to France and played for AS Saint Estève before spending a year in rugby union, playing for RC Narbonne alongside David Knox. Thompson then returned to league, spending a season with AS Carcassonne before retiring.
- 1989 - Makes his NRL debut for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Australia
- 1994 - Played for Western Magpies
- 1995 - Played the Auckland Warriors
- 1995/96 - Played for Warrington Wolves, England
- 1996 - Fiji Bati