Luka Matkava, born on 5 October 2001, is an accomplished Georgian professional rugby union player who excels in the fly-half position. He is a key player for the Super Cup club, The Black Lion, and an integral member of the Georgia national team.
Matkava's senior career took off at RC Armazi, where he showcased his talent and skills in the highly competitive Georgian Didi 10 league. His impressive performances earned him recognition, and he made an impact with his try-scoring ability, crossing the line six times in just seven appearances.
In 2021, Matkava's talent was acknowledged, and he was included in the initial squad for the inaugural Rugby Europe Super Cup season, representing The Black Lion. He made his debut for the club coming off the bench in an enthralling match against Tel Aviv Heat during the second round of the competition.
The fly-half's exceptional abilities did not go unnoticed by the Georgian national team selectors, and he received his international debut in the 2022 Autumn internationals. Making his first appearance for Georgia against Uruguay, Matkava displayed his composure and skillset as he contributed to the team's efforts.
One of the standout moments of Matkava's international career came in Georgia's historic victory against Wales. In a thrilling encounter, he was called upon from the bench and proved instrumental in securing the triumph. Displaying nerves of steel, Matkava slotted the winning penalty in the 77th minute, sealing a memorable victory for his team.
As Luka Matkava continues to evolve and excel in his career, he is poised to make significant contributions to both The Black Lion and the Georgia national team. With his precise kicking, tactical acumen, and ability to perform under pressure, he is undoubtedly an asset to the sport and a player to watch in the future.
Ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023,Matkava has been named in the squad for Georgia.
|The Black Lion
|2021 - present
|2022 - present