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Matavesi cannot wait to run out at Twickenham for Cornwall

Sam Matavesi Cornwall

SAM MATAVESI cannot wait to play at Twickenham for Cornwall on Sunday.

The 24-year-old forward has featured at English rugby’s HQ for his college and Fiji but has never had the chance to run out there in the black and gold of Cornwall.

“I am excited,” said Matavesi. “I have not played at Twickenham for a long time and I have never played there for Cornwall, so I am really looking forward to it.

“I have been lucky enough to play there twice – once for Truro College and for Fiji. The first time we won and the second time was just an unreal occasion. Playing at Twickenham is something you never forget.”

Matavesi did help Cornwall reach the 2013 final but missed out on playing in it as he was called up to the Fiji squad.

Twickenham, however, could become something of a regular venue for Matavesi, if he fulfils his ambition of joining the Royal Navy this summer.

The Cornish-born Fijian international has already had an interview and hopes to be taken on later this year as an aircraft handler.

If he does get in the Navy he could play rugby for them and take part in their annual match with the Army at Twickenham.

“One hundred per cent I want to join the Navy,” said Matavesi. “I had an interview last Thursday and if everything goes ahead it will be three months before I start basic training.”

If he does get in the Navy, Matavesi will still look to play rugby part-time and is likely to re-sign for Albion, as his basic training would be in Plymouth.

“I have had talks with Plymouth,” he said. “But whatever I do rugby-wise it will be part-time. I want to concentrate on a career first and then see what happens with rugby.

“I would be an aircraft handler or something like that. With the Navy it is a career, but they are also big on rugby.”

Matavesi has had offers to play rugby in the Championship but, with a family to support, he wants a long-term career outside sport.

The forward returned to Albion part-time in November from Camborne and he really made his mark in the Plymouth back-row.

And he has continued his fine form with Cornwall, scoring four tries in their group games and having a hand in a number of other scores.

“I have just tried to carry on from Plymouth,” he said. “I really enjoyed my half-a-year there and I thought I did okay so I just wanted to carry on.”

Sam Matavesi Cornwall

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