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Hooker Sam Matavesi wants to do more for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians. And he said beating France 21-14 for the first time last Sunday was special and wants to
02 Dec 2018 12:13
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Fiji Airways Flying Fijians hooker Sam Matavesi. Photo: Ian Muir

Hooker Sam Matavesi wants to do more for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians.

And he said beating France 21-14 for the first time last Sunday was special and wants to experience the same feeling again at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The son of former national rep and Vanuabalavu, Lau native Sireli Matavesi, the Cornish Pirates hooker has had a lot to celebrate in the past seven days.

This was after the 26-year-old also signed a new two-year contract with the Championship side.

“It’s an honour to play for Fiji and to be in and around those players,” the Camborne-born front-row told BBC Radio Cornwall, after recovering from a grog party which started at two and finished at 10am.

Having switched to the front row from being a flanker, Matavesi has thrived both for club and country.

But Matavesi has had to wait five years – and change positions – for a second chance with the Fiji squad.

“It’s special, what it’s done now is it makes you want more, you want that feeling again,” added Matavesi, who is hoping to learn Fijian in time for the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

“With a World Cup on the horizon that’s something that you don’t want to get in your mind too much now, but it’s something that’s definitely there.”

He added: “In the game, we just got more confident, we had a couple of tries disallowed in the first half which, on another day, could have been given.

“I thought as a squad and as a team we put in an absolute shift and, on the day, we were the better team probably.”

Matavesi’s transformation has coincided with a move to Cornish Pirates and a role with the Royal Navy at RNAS Culdrose.

Matavesi has rugby pedigree running through his veins – his brothers Joel and Josh are both at Newcastle Falcons with Josh also having played for Worcester, Ospreys and Racing Metro.

He paid tribute to his club coaches for putting him back on the international radar and is targeting further caps, particularly with the World Cup coming up in Japan next year.

Certainly his recent performances have done him no harm, his RPI score has jumped to 66, up 5.11% in the last week.

Matavesi would no doubt love to have his two brothers Joel and Josh, who are both at Newcastle Falcons with Flying Fijians team-mate Vereniki Goneva and Tevita Cavubati, in Japan with him too. Centre Josh represented Fiji at the 2015 World Cup.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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