Sam Matavesi to depart Northampton Saints

Sam Matavesi to depart Northampton Saints

Northampton Saints can today confirm that hooker Sam Matavesi will depart the Club with immediate effect to pursue a playing opportunity overseas.

The 32-year-old Fijian international joined the men in Black, Green and Gold ahead of the 2019/20 season from Championship club Cornish Pirates, and made 89 appearances during his five-season spell at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens, scoring 13 tries.

Matavesi made his Saints debut away against Leinster in December 2019 in the Investec Champions Cup, before making his Gallagher Premiership debut against Sale Sharks a week later. 

His final appearance for Northampton came off the bench in the Gallagher Premiership victory over Bath at Twickenham Stadium earlier this month, when he became the first serving military (Royal Navy) rugby player to lift the trophy. 

“We’re disappointed that Sam has decided to move overseas, but we have a fantastic stable of hookers at Saints in Curtis Langdon, Robbie Smith and Craig Wright – so we have every confidence in the quality we have in that space,” said Northampton’s Director of Rugby, Phil Dowson.

“Curtis and Robbie are both pushing for international selection with England and Scotland respectively, while Craig is currently England’s standout hooker at Under-20s level.

“Sam has brought a lot, both on and off the pitch, to our group over the last few seasons, so we thank him for his contribution and wish him and his family the best for their next step.”

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