Royal Navy supports Flying Fijian Matavesi

Sam Matavesi tackled by his two workmates at the RNAS Culdrose. Picture: SUPPLIED

MEMBERS of the Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose have sent out their best wishes to Flying Fijian player Sam Matavesi ahead of the Rugby World Cup preparation.

According to their Facebook page, they spoke highly of the Fijian rugger.

“Good luck to our Sam – the Royal Navy sailor and larger than life rugby player who has headed off to Fiji to prepare for the games of his life.”

Matavesi is representing Fiji in the Rugby World Cup to be held this September in Japan.

The 27-year-old lives in Camborne and is well known at the Cornish Pirates rugby team.

For the past two months, Sam had been on loan to French side Stade Toulousain, which has just taken the national premiership league title.

Alongside his rugby, Sam also works in the supply chain department at RNAS Culdrose.

His supervisor Petty Officer Dean Jones, said: “Sam is a noisy, larger than life character.”

“You can usually hear him before you see him. We wish him all the best from here at Culdrose.

“One of the games is on at 11 o’clock in the morning so we might have to down tools and cheer him on.

“I think it’s fair to say that everyone in the supply chain department has now become Fiji’s number one fans.”

Sam has already gained experience playing for Fiji six times with games against Scotland, Uruguay and France.

He has also represented the Royal Navy at Twickenham three times against the army, been on a USA tour for the navy and been selected for the combined services and Fleet Air Arm rugby teams.

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