Josh Matavesi

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Joshua Lewis Matavesi
Full name Josh Matavesi
Date of birth (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Camborne, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 99 kg (15.6 st)
School Camborne Science and Community College
University Truro College
Notable relative(s) Sam Matavesi (brother)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fly-half, Wing, Centre, Fullback
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Mounts Bay
Exeter Chiefs
Racing Métro
Worcester Warriors

correct as of 27 November 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Fiji U20
correct as of 27 November 2014.

Joshua Lewis Matavesi (born 5 October 1990) is a British rugby union footballer of Fijian descent. He is a utility back, and represented Worcester Warriors in the Aviva Premiership, and Fiji in international rugby. He recently signed a cotract to join Pro 12 team, The Ospreys for the 2014–15 Pro12 season.

Early life and domestic rugby[edit]

Matavesi was born in Cornwall to a Cornish mother and Fijian father.[1] His father, Sireli Matavesi, who is from Vanua Balavu, Lau Group, Fiji, toured the United Kingdom as a Fiji Barbarian in 1987 where he met his wife, Karen. He was offered a contract by the Camborne RFC. Josh also played rugby for the same club as his father. He also played for Mounts Bay RFC in the National Division Two. He also played for Truro College and has also made a handful of appearances for Exeter United. In December 2008, he was called up to the England Under-20 squad for the 2009 Six Nations Under-20 tournament.[2] He was signed on by the Exeter Chiefs in August 2009 before[3] making his debut against Sale Sharks at fullback.[4] Josh played in the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship with Fiji U20s in Argentina. It was recently announced that he had signed on for Racing Métro 92 in the Top 14 competition as a medical joker i.e. replacement for the injured flyhalf, Juan Martin Hernandez. He made his Top 14 debut off the bench against SU Agen in April 2011. In 2012, he signed a contract with Worcester Warriors. On the 31st of January 2014 he signed for the Ospreys.

International career[edit]

In November 2009, he was called up to join the Fiji team for the 2009 Autumn Internationals against Scotland, Ireland and Romania, replacing Kameli Ratuvou, who was not available.[5] He made his debut against Scotland playing at fullback and was replaced in the second-half.[6] He came off the bench against Ireland, replacing Norman Ligairi at fullback, but in the final test against Romania, he started at flyhalf because Fiji's first choice 10, Nicky Little had already returned to his club along with a few other players.[7] Fiji defeated the Romanians 29 - 18 with Matavesi scoring 9 points and converting 3 of the 4 tries.[8]

He was part of Fiji's U20 team in the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship in June 2010. In October, he was selected again in to the Fiji team to take part in Fiji's end of year rugby tour to Europe.


He identifies himself as "Cornish Fijian" and has said that he feels Cornish, not English.[1] He is 6'1 and weighs 99 kg.


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