- DOB13 Jan 1992
Signing with Saints during the 2019/20 campaign, Fijian international hooker Sam Matavesi, who can also play as a number eight, arrived at Franklin’s Gardens from Championship outfit Cornish Pirates having played in all four of Fiji’s pool games at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Matavesi impressed for Pirates after signing in 2017 from Redruth, earning a recall to the Flying Fijians’ side after a five-year international hiatus. The hooker also enjoyed a loan spell in France last season with Toulouse – who went on to claim the Top14 title.
Matavesi, brother of Newcastle Falcons duo Josh and Joel, balances his rugby commitments with a career in the Royal Navy and has been based at RNAS Culdrose.
He has not only played in the annual Babcock Trophy match against the Army at Twickenham, but has also represented the UK Armed Forces side and was awarded the Cossack Sword in 2018.