- DOB13 Jan 1992
Fijian international Sam Matavesi joined Northampton Saints ahead of the 2019/20 season from Championship outfit Cornish Pirates.
The hooker – who is also comfortable in a No. 8 shirt – began his career at hometown Club Camborne, progressing though Cornwall’s grassroots rugby system with stints at Plymouth Albion and Cornish Pirates after graduating from Exeter Chiefs’ academy.
The front rower’s career sky-rocketed however in 2019 as his form earned him a loan spell with Toulouse, a French Top 14 title, and spot on the plane to the 2019 Rugby World Cup with the Flying Fijians, before he arrived at Franklin’s Gardens at the close of the year.
Matavesi has also balances his rugby with a military career in the Royal Navy – the Able Seaman’s stationing at RNAS Culdrose has already seen him feature in three of the annual Babcock Trophy clashes with the Army at Twickenham, as well as earn the Cossack Sword award in 2018 and UK Armed Forces Sportsman of the Year award in 2020.
And since linking up with Saints, Matavesi has gone from strength to strength – making 28 appearances in his first two seasons in Northampton, claiming a Club Player of the Month award and a call-up to the Fiji squad for the 2021 summer internationals.