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Central Ospreys role for Matavesi

02nd July 2014 12:20


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Key signing: Josh Matavesi

Ospreys new signing Josh Matavesi is aiming to make an impact at 12 for his new side after joining the Welsh region.

The Fiji international arrives in Swansea following stints with Worcester, Racing Métro and Exeter.

Still only 23, the Ospreys will be looking for Matavesi to make an impact just outside Wales fly-half Dan Biggar.

"I've had a chat with our backs coach Gruff Rees and the thinking is I'll try to make a mark as a 12," Matavesi told the South Wales Evening Post.

"I'll play wherever I'm needed but you have to start somewhere and it would be good if I could specialise.

"Playing at 12, I'd be able to ease the pressure on Dan or Sam at fly-half. I have a kicking game and if I'm doing my job properly they wouldn't have to have eyes everywhere.

"There's a time and place for a smashing game, but there's also a time and place for the playmaker role. Matt Giteau has been doing that superbly outside Jonny Wilkinson. He's a player I admire and so is Sonny Bill Williams, with his offloading and flair.

"Hopefully, I can offer a bit of flair and excitement but also big hits and physicality that islanders have traditionally brought to our game.

"I have played in the Top 14 and the Aviva Premiership, so I have some experience that may also come in handy."

A string of broken bones in his hand kept Matavesi sidelined last season as the Warriors were relegated from the Premiership, but with his recovery complete Matavesi is raring to go.

"Everything's good now," added Matavesi.

"I suffered four different breaks altogether, not all on the same hand. I took a few blows during games and on one occasion there was also a freak accident in training.

"But both hands are strong now. There's a plate in there somewhere and I feel fine. I'm ready to go."

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