Josh Matavesi

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Josh Matavesi
Birth nameJoshua Lewis Matavesi
Date of birth (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 28)
Place of birthCamborne, Cornwall, England, UK
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight119 kg (18 st 10 lb; 262 lb)
SchoolCamborne Science and Community College
UniversityTruro College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half, Wing, Centre, Fullback
Youth Career
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Mounts Bay
Exeter Chiefs
Racing Métro
Worcester Warriors
Newcastle Falcons
Correct as of 3 June 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Fiji U20
Correct as of 3 June 2018

Joshua Lewis Matavesi (born 5 October 1990) is a Cornish rugby union player. He currently plays for English Premiership club Newcastle Falcons and the Fiji national team. Matavesi was born in England to an English mother and Fijian father.

Early life[edit]

Matavesi was born in Camborne in Cornwall, England to a Cornish mother and Fijian father.[1] He identifies himself as "Cornish Fijian" and has said that he feels Cornish, not English.[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]

Matavesi was offered a contract by the Camborne RFC. He also played rugby for the same club as his father.[citation needed] He also played for Mounts Bay RFC in 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.[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 to the Fiji team to take part in Fiji's end of year rugby tour to Europe.

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

On May 22nd 2018, hewas named in the Barbarians squad to face England in the Quilter Cup Fixture. Following fitness tests, It was determined Bundee Aki and Charles Piutau would both miss the game while fly-half AJ MacGinty was withdrawn by his club. This lead to Matavesi, Finn Russell and Malakai Fekitoa being added to the squad with the addition of Denis Buckley and Newcastle Falcons teammate Nili Latu. The Barbarians beat England 63-45.


  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[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Josh Matavesi – Exeter Chiefs rugby – Exeter sport This Is Exeter – Exeter Express and Echo". Exeter Express and Echo.
  8. ^ "<?php echo $row_inside_story['title']; ?>". Archived from the original on 6 March 2012.
  9. ^ "Home".

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