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Samu Manoa underlined his reputation as the best number eight in the Aviva Premiership by crossing for three tries in Northampton's home fixture against the Sale Sharks on Saturday. His hat-trick came from a lineout and rolling mauls with the USA Eagle crossing on all three occasions without too much trouble. Manoa's ability has seen him recognized by being named in Aviva Premiership Dream Team's. He is, however, yet to play in a Rugby World Cup. He missed 2011 but will not do so in 2015. Manoa is set to be a big drawing card for the USA team and should also enhance his reputation before then with the USA hosting New Zealand in under three weeks time at the home of the Chicago Bears, Soldier Field.