RWC 2019: Matavesi Brothers Proud To Be Chosen In Flying Fijians

The Flying Fijians have a 10-day camp from today before they fly to New Zealand to play their final test match against Tonga on the 31st of August at Eden Park.
16 Aug 2019 13:45
RWC 2019: Matavesi Brothers Proud To Be Chosen In Flying Fijians
The Matavesi brothers, Joshua and Samuel with their families at the Suva market. Photo: Rosi Doviverata.

The Matavesi brothers of Mualevu village, Vanuabalavu are super excited and proud that they’ve both made it in the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The side was announced earlier today by Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer, John O’Connor.


Joshua Matavesi, the elder of the two brothers is a utility player while Samuel is one of three hookers named in the squad.

On Instagram, Joshua thanked his wife Anna for taking time out to be with him over the past few weeks.


Head Coach John McKee said the squad, captained by Dominiko Waqaniburotu, has an opportunity to do something special for Fiji and is challenging the players to step up their intensity and commitment to make a real impact in Japan.

The Flying Fijians Rugby World Cup squad are:

Loose-Head Props
Campese Ma’afu
Eroni Mawi
Peni Ravai

Mesulame Dolokoto
Samuel Matavesi
Ratu Vere Vugakoto

Tight-Head Prop
Lee-Roy Atalifo
Manasa Saulo
Kalivati Tawake

Tevita Cavubati
Leone Nakarawa
Api Ratuniyarawa
Tevita Ratuva

Loose Forwards
Semi Kunatani
Viliame Mata
Mosese Voka
Dominiko Waqaniburotu
Peceli Yato

Frank Lomani
Nikola Matawalu
Henry Seniloli

Inside Backs
Levani Botia
Jale Vatubua
Ben Volavola

Outside Backs
Vereniki Goneva
Filipo Nakosi
Waisea Nayacalevu
Semi Radradra
Josua Tuisova

Utility Backs
Joshua Matavesi
Alivereti Veitokani

Kini Murimurivalu

Rugby World Cup 2019 – Flying Fijians Matches

Fiji vs Australia (4.45PM, 21st September, Sapporo Drome, Sapporo, Japan)
Fiji vs Uruguay (5.15PM, 25th September, Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi City)
Fiji vs Georgia (5.15PM, 3rd October, Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka Prefecture, Higashiosaka City)
Fiji vs Wales (9th October, Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture)

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