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. In 2007 and 2008, Mataora played for the Queensland Under 17s and Under 18s teams respectively.
In 2009 and 2010, Mataora played for the Canberra Raiders' NYC team.
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.
In 2010, Mataora played for the Junior Kiwis.
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.
In June 2012, Mataora re-signed with the Raiders on a 2-year contract.
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.
On 1 November 2014, Mataora re-signed with the Knights on a 3-year contract.