Sam Mataora

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Sam Mataora
Mataora playing for the Mount Pritchard Mounties in 2013.
Personal information
Born (1990-10-20) 20 October 1990 (age 24)
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 114 kg (17 st 13 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop, Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2010–13 Canberra Raiders 33 2 0 0 8
2015– Newcastle Knights 0 0 0 0 0
Total 33 2 0 0 8
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009–13 Cook Islands 5 0 0 0 0
As of 4 July 2014
Source: Rugby League Project

Sam Mataora (born 20 October 1990) is a Cook Island professional rugby league footballer for the Newcastle Knights of the National Rugby League. He primarily plays prop and second-row.


Born in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Mataora moved to Brisbane, Australia when he was 11-years-old and played his junior football for Souths Sunnybank while attending Cavendish State High School. He was then signed by the Canberra Raiders.[1] In 2007 and 2008, Mataora played for the Queensland Under 17s and Under 18s teams respectively.

Playing career[edit]

In 2009 and 2010, Mataora played for the Canberra Raiders' NYC team.[2]

In 2009, Mataora played for the Cook Islands in the 2009 Pacific Cup.

In Round 8 of the 2010 NRL season, Mataora made his NRL debut for the Raiders against the New Zealand Warriors.[3]

In 2010, Mataora played for the Junior Kiwis.[4]

At the end of 2010, Mataora was named at second-row in the 2010 NYC Team of the Year.

In 2011, Mataora was selected in the Cook Islands 18-man squad to face New Zealand at the end of the year, although the NZRL called off the match due to players being unavailable.[5]

In June 2012, Mataora re-signed with the Raiders on a 2-year contract.[6][7]

In 2013, Mataora played for the Cook Islands in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

In July 2014, Mataora joined the Newcastle Knights mid-season for the remainder of the year.[8]

On 1 November 2014, Mataora re-signed with the Knights on a 3-year contract.[9][10]


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