Players & Staff at The Cornish Pirates...
DoB – 13th Jan 1992
Birthplace – Truro
Height – 6’ (1.83m)
Weight – 16st 7lbs (105kg)
Position/s – Back-row/Hooker
Honours – Cornwall, Royal Navy, Fiji
A former Camborne, Plymouth Albion and Racing Metro (Paris) player, Sam signed for the Cornish Pirates from Redruth early in December 2017.
The Matavesi family is well-known in Cornwall. Sam’s dad Sereli Matavesi was the first Fijian to play for Camborne and Cornwall after his arrival in the 1980s, and his brothers Josh and Joel have also made their mark in the game.
Educated at the Camborne Science & International Academy, Sam then attended Truro College and was a member of the team that in 2009 won the Daily Mail RBS U18 Cup at Twickenham. He won his first cap for Fiji in 2013 and was a County Championship winner with Cornwall in 2016.
Besides being a Cornish Pirates squad member, Sam is also a Supply Chain Logistician based at RNAS Culdrose’s W16 Stores Department. Indeed, he has not only played against the Army in the annual Babcock Trophy match contested at Twickenham but has represented the UK Armed Forces side and was also the Cossack Sword trophy award winner for 2018.
Making a further 27 appearances for the Cornish Pirates in 2018/19, which took his overall games tally for the club to 37, Sam at the same time scored an impressive 10 tries. Also, during what proved a most memorable season, he was in November a member of the Fiji team that recorded their first ever win against France, whilst later in the season a loan spell at Stade Toulousain provided another wonderful experience.
Redruth, Camborne, Plymouth Albion
What item can you not travel without when on an away trip?
If you could attend any sporting event in the world, what would it be?
State of Origin
What training drill do you dread the most?
If you could be any other team mate for a week who would it be and why?
Brett Beukeboom because he has the most money
Tell us something that the supporters may not already know about you?
I have 2 famous brothers
Where is your favourite place in cornwall?
If you were not working in high performance sport what job/career would you like to do?