Melani Matavao

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Melani Matavao
Date of birth (1995-11-19) 19 November 1995 (age 23)
Place of birthSamoa
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight73 kg (11 st 7 lb; 161 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-Half
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2018 Otago 7 (5)
Correct as of 11 September 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015
2017-
2019
Samoa Under 20
Samoa
Samoa Sevens

9

(35)
Correct as of 11 September 2019

Melani Matavao (born 19 November 1995)[1] is a Samoan rugby union Scrum-Half who has plays for Samoa internationally.

Playing career[edit]

Matavao has come through Samoa's PPS Super 9 competition as a key player for the Aana Chiefs.[2] In 2015 Matavao was selected for the Samoan Under 20 side for the U20 World Championship in Italy.[3] Otago picked Matavao up in 2018 and he played 7 games in the 2018 Mitre 10 Cup season.[4] Matavao was the only local based Samoan player named in the Samoan 31-man squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup,[5] making his debut for the Samoan national team in 2017.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Melani Matavao". ESPN scrum.
  2. ^ "One Local Player in Samoa's Rugby World Cup Squad". August 31, 2019.
  3. ^ "Matavao is the player to watch out for this weekend | Loop Samoa".
  4. ^ "Melani Matavao". New Zealand Rugby History. April 19, 2019.
  5. ^ "Sport: Manu Samoa name two new caps in RWC squad". RNZ. August 31, 2019.
  6. ^ "Rugby Union - ESPN Scrum - Statsguru - Player analysis - Melani Matavao - Test matches". ESPN scrum.