Josh Matavesi

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Josh Matavesi
Full name Joshua Lewis Matavesi
Nickname Josh
Date of birth (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Camborne, Cornwall, England, UK
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 112 kg (17 st 9 lb; 247 lb)
School Camborne Science and Community College
University Truro College
Notable relative(s) Sam Matavesi (brother)
Joel Matavesi (brother)
Rugby union career
Current status
Current team Ospreys
Playing career
Position Fly-half, Wing, Centre, Fullback
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Apps (points)
Mounts Bay
Exeter Chiefs
Racing Métro
Worcester Warriors

Newcastle Falcons
Correct as of 21 February 2017
National team(s)
Years Club / team Apps (points)
Fiji U20
Correct as of 21 February 2017

Joshua Lewis Matavesi (born 5 October 1990) is a Cornish rugby union footballer. He currently plays for Pro 12 team, the Ospreys and Fiji in international rugby.

Early life[edit]

Matavesi was born in Cornwall to a Cornish mother and Fijian father.[1] His father, Sireli Matavesi, who is from Vanua Balavu, Lau Islands, Fiji, toured the United Kingdom as a Fiji Barbarian in 1987 where he met his wife, Karen.

Club career[edit]

Josh 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 then announced that he had signed on for Racing Métro 92 in the Top 14 competition as a Medical Joker for 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 31 January 2014 he signed for the Ospreys.Josh has signed to play for the Newcastle Falcons in the Aviva Premiership from the 2017-18 season.[5]

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.[6] He made his debut against Scotland playing at fullback and was replaced in the second-half.[7] 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.[8] Fiji defeated the Romanians 29 - 18 with Matavesi scoring 9 points and converting 3 of the 4 tries.[9]

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.

In 2015 Matavesi was named in Fiji 2015 Rugby World Cup squad.


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


  1. ^ a b "Matavesi the Cornish Fijian feels at home". International Rugby Board. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Six Nations call-up for Matavesi". Western Morning News. 
  3. ^ "Chiefs sign young fly half Matavesi". 
  4. ^ "Exeter Chiefs – Cornishman Josh Matavesi". Western Morning News. 
  5. ^ "Newcastle Falcons sign Ospreys and Fiji back Josh Matavesi". Sky Sports. 20 February 2017. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  6. ^ Matavesi replaces Ratuvou
  7. ^ "Josh Matavesi – Exeter Chiefs rugby – Exeter sport This Is Exeter – Exeter Express and Echo". Exeter Express and Echo. 
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  9. ^ "Home". 

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