Matavesi signs new deal with the Pi­rates

Western Morning News - - Sport -

Cor­nish Pi­rates have an­nounced that hooker Sam Matavesi has signed a new two-year deal with the club.

The 26-year-old Matavesi, who fea­tured for Fiji in their first ever win against France at the week­end, ini­tially joined the Cor­nish Pi­rates early last De­cem­ber.

A for­mer Cam­borne, Ply­mouth Al­bion and Rac­ing Metro player, he had signed from Re­druth.

Be­sides rugby, he is also in the Navy, hav­ing joined and been based early in 2017 at RNAS Cul­drose.

The Matavesi fam­ily is well­known in Corn­wall. Sam’s dad Sereli Matavesi was the first Fi­jian to play for Cam­borne and Corn­wall, and his broth­ers Josh and Joel have also made their mark in the game.

Sam Matavesi has made 22 ap­pear­ances for the Cor­nish Pi­rates and scored 11 tries.

Also, near the end of last sea­son, he was the Trib­ute Player of the Month win­ner for both Fe­bru­ary and March.

“We are all nat­u­rally de­lighted to sign Sam for an­other two sea­sons,” Pi­rates co-coach Alan Paver said.

“Ob­vi­ously, the part­ner­ship with the Navy is work­ing very well and hav­ing some­one of his cal­i­bre in our side is a huge bonus.

“Sam came to us from Re­druth and before that he was at Cam­borne and at Ply­mouth Al­bion where he had some ex­pe­ri­ence at hooker.

“We de­cided to take him on and pol­ished off the fi­nal con­ver­sion for him to wear the No.2 shirt and he re­ally has been a stand out player this sea­son, for so many dif­fer­ent rea­sons.

“That he has re­cently re­ceived the call up by Fiji and played for them once more, es­pe­cially to be part of the side that beat France in Paris, is huge and is again tes­ta­ment to his ded­i­ca­tion and at­ti­tude.”

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