Fiji’s Josh Matavesi misses a tackle against Wales winger George North in the Pool A clash at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photo: DPA
Flying Fijians fly-half Joshua Matavesi says the team always comes first despite mis-reports on his confusion and de-motivation by Fiji’s treatment during Rugby World Cup (RWC2015).
Speaking from the Fiji team-base in Swansea, Wales yesterday Matavesi said; “I wish I personally could have played a bigger role but the team always comes first.”
Josh Matavesi offloads for Fiji against Canada in a warm up match before the Rugby World Cup.
The Ospreys have announced that Fiji centre Josh Matavesi has signed a new three-year contract with the Welsh region.
Matavesi joined the Ospreys on a two-year deal in the summer of 2014 and has been rewarded with a new contract that runs through to the summer of 2018 after establishing himself as a key figure in midfield.
Currently with the Fijian squad at the Rugby World Cup and preparing to face Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Thursday, Matavesi made his Ospreys debut on the opening weekend of last season, a 44-13 over Treviso at the Liberty Stadium.
Fiji’s fly-half was born and bred in Cornwall but his heart was always with his father’s homeland
Josh Matavesi will be pivot for Fiji at the number 10 spot. Photo: The Guardian
Think of rugby in Cornwall and grizzled front-row forwards such as Brian “Stack” Stevens, Phil Vickery and Trevor Woodman spring to mind. Fijian fly-halves? Not so much. But marshalling the islanders’ backline at Twickenham on Friday, providing the platform for the sidesteps and body-swerves, will be Josh Matavesi – born and raised near the Camborne quarries rather than on Suva’s sand.
His father, Sireli, was a coconut farmer from the remote Vanua Balavu island but made such an impression on a Fiji Barbarians tour in the 1980s that Camborne RFC wanted him back. They found him a job in the nearby tin mines and it was with Camborne that Josh began a career that has included spells at Exeter, Racing 92, Worcester and now the Ospreys, earning a 14th Fiji cap in the dominant victory over Canada last Saturday.