Head coach Simon Raiwalui named his 33-man Flying Fijians squad for next month’s tournament in France this morning.
Matavesi, 31, has 24 caps for his country so far and the hooker is heading to his second Rugby World Cup, while 25-year-old lock Mayanavanua will be looking to add to his nine international caps to date over the coming weeks.
Fiji face France and then England in warm-up clashes this month, before kicking off their World Cup campaign against Wales on September 11. The side then faces Australia (September 18), Georgia (October 1) and Portugal (October 9) in their remaining pool stage matches.
“We have had a good journey for the last five weeks starting from our camp in Taveuni,” said Raiwalui. “I couldn’t be more proud of the players and the input they had in all our three Test matches against Tonga, Samoa and Japan.”
Flying Fijians squad for Rugby World Cup
Sam Matavesi (Northampton Saints)
Temo Mayanavanua (Northampton Saints)
Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta