September 11, 2021
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Matavesi announces move to Japan

Flying Fijians utility back Josh Matavesi has been released early by Premiership club Bath to join Japanese club Toyota Shokki Shuttles.

The 30-year-old joined Bath in 2020 and has made 27 appearances for the club.

Matavesi revealed that the move will help him to set up for his family when he retires from rugby and thanked Bath boss Stuart Hooper for allowing him to take up a ‘life-changing’ opportunity in Japan.

“It was a really tough decision to make. I had no thoughts of leaving; it’s not as if it’s been happening for a while, it’s happened really quickly."

“It wasn’t a case of Stu trying to get rid of me because of the salary cap or anything like that; it was just an opportunity came up for me. With me being the wrong side of 30 now and people like Max Ojomoh and Will Butt coming through, I just saw it as a really good opportunity to secure my future after I’ve stopped playing," Matavesi told the club website.

By Reginald Chandar


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