Sam Mataora

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Sam Mataora
Sam Mataora.jpg
Personal information
Born (1990-10-20) 20 October 1990 (age 28)
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Height190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight111 kg (17 st 7 lb)
Playing information
PositionProp, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2010–13 Canberra Raiders 33 2 0 0 8
2015–17 Newcastle Knights 30 2 0 0 8
Total 63 4 0 0 16
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009–17 Cook Islands 7 0 0 0 0
As of 6 August 2016
Source: [1]

Sam Mataora (born 20 October 1990) is a Cook Island former professional rugby league footballer. He played for the Canberra Raiders and Newcastle Knights in the National Rugby League. His positions were prop and second-row.

Background[edit]

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.[citation needed] He was then signed by the Canberra Raiders.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 2009 and 2010, Mataora played for the Canberra Raiders' NYC team.[3] In 2009, he played for the Cook Islands in the 2009 Pacific Cup.

2010[edit]

In Round 8 of the 2010 NRL season, Mataora made his NRL debut for the Raiders against the New Zealand Warriors.[4] He played for the Junior Kiwis that year[5] and was named at second-row in the 2010 NYC Team of the Year.

2011[edit]

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.[6]

2012[edit]

In June 2012, Mataora re-signed with the Raiders on a 2-year contract.[7][8]

Mataora playing for the Mount Pritchard Mounties

2013[edit]

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

2014[edit]

In July 2014, Mataora joined the Newcastle Knights mid-season for the remainder of the year.[9] On 1 November 2014, he re-signed with the Knights on a 3-year contract.[10][11]

2015[edit]

In Round 12 of the 2015 NRL season, Mataora made his Knights debut against the New Zealand Warriors.[12] On 27 September, he played in the Knights' 2015 New South Wales Cup Grand Final win over the Wyong Roos.[13][14] On 17 October, he played for the Cook Islands against Tonga in their Asia-Pacific Qualifier match for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup[15]

2016[edit]

Mataora experience a breakout year in 2016, playing in 20 matches for the Knights and scoring 2 tries.[16]

2017[edit]

Due to injuries and fitness, Mataora only played 1 match for the Knights NRL side in 2017.[17] He retired from the game in July after struggling to cope with depression.[18][19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sam Mataora - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  2. ^ Keeble, Brett (2014-08-24). "Stone wants to hang on to young prop Sam Mataora | Newcastle Herald". Theherald.com.au. Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 5 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "NRL 2010 - Round 8". Rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  5. ^ Nine NYC-winning Warriors named in Jnr Kiwis Archived 30 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine. NRL.com (2010-10-06)
  6. ^ Kiwis cancel test against Cook Islands. Stuff.co.nz (2011-09-28). Retrieved on 2012-06-15.
  7. ^ [2] Archived 14 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Raiders secure young gun Mataora. Sports News First (2012-05-30). Retrieved on 2012-06-15.
  9. ^ "Knights sign Sam Mataora - Knights". Newcastleknights.com.au. Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  10. ^ "Knights sign Mataora and Vaivai - Knights". Newcastleknights.com.au. Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  11. ^ Keeble, Brett (2014-09-22). "Panthers likely to throw Packer a lifeline | Newcastle Herald". Theherald.com.au. Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  12. ^ "Late Mail: Warriors v Knights - Knights". Newcastleknights.com.au. Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  13. ^ "VB NSW Cup Grand Final Team List". NSWRL. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  14. ^ Brett Keeble. "Newcastle Knights extend Clint Newton's career with NSW Cup win over Wyong Roos". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  15. ^ "Live stream: Tonga v Cook Islands". NRL.com. Retrieved 2015-10-18.
  16. ^ Ferguson, Shawn Dollin and Andrew. "Custom Match List - Rugby League Project". www.rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  17. ^ Ferguson, Shawn Dollin and Andrew. "Custom Match List - Rugby League Project". www.rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  18. ^ "Brown confirms Mataora retirement". Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  19. ^ "Newcastle forward Sam Mataora battles depression and faces uncertain future in NRL - NRL". Retrieved 3 August 2017.

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