Hoani Matenga

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Hoani Matenga
Date of birth (1987-04-13) 13 April 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Christchurch, New Zealand
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 93 kg (205 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock / Loose Forward
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Mont de Marsan
Kubota Spears
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2009-2010 Otago 12 (5)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2010 Highlanders 0 (0)

Hoani Matenga is a professional rugby player who plays for Stade Montois. He can play in the position of either lock or loose forward. Born in Christchurch, he attended Christchurch Boys' High School and played for their first XV. In 2009, Matenga graduated from the University of Otago with degrees in marketing and tourism.[1]

Matenga made his starting debut for Otago in their Ranfurly Shield challenge against Canterbury on 12 September 2009.[1] He was a part of the Highlanders' wider training squad for the 2010 Super Rugby season. In 2011 he signed with Stade Montois in France. Looking for a better salary and easier rugby, Matenga signed with the Kubota Spears in the Top League in Japan for the 2012-13 season.

Musical career[edit]

Matenga was originally a part of the New Zealand band, Six60, playing as a Bass guitarist. He quit the band when he decided to take rugby seriously.


  1. ^ a b Steve Hepburn (12 September 2009). "Rugby: Mate against mate for Matenga". Otago Daily Times. 

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