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Six Nations call-up for Matavesi

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: December 17, 2008

Six Nations call-up for Matavesi
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MOUNTS Bay starlet Josh Matavesi has earned himself a call-up to the England Under-20 squad for the 2009 Six Nations Under-20 tournament.

The 18-year-old back has established himself as a regular for the National League Two side this season, after moving from Camborne during the summer.

At the same time, Matavesi has also been featuring for the highly-rated Truro College side and has made a handful of appearances for Exeter United.

Yesterday, a delighted Matavesi was quick to pass praise on to the coaching staff at both his club and his college for the help they have given him during his fledgling senior career.

"It's overwhelming after the hard work that the coaches put in, like Will Davis and Ricky Pellow at the College and also Adrian Bick at Mounts Bay. It was really good to tell those guys that I've achieved it," he said.

Matavesi has just returned from a training camp in Portgual with the England set-up, a camp devised to allow the stars of the future to work on patterns of play and to get to know each other ahead of their Six Nations campaign.

Now Matavesi hopes to go on and appear for England in the tournament itself. He added: "Hopefully I will be featuring, so it should be really good."

With his talents leading him towards international recognition at such a young age, it seems inevitable that the versatile back's future lies away from the Mennaye Field.

"I am just looking around at the moment," said Matavesi. "I haven't said 'yes' to anyone, but I hope to be playing in Division One or the Premiership next year. I'll set my standards high."

COACH Chris Stirling has left the Cornish Pirates after completing his seven-week spell with the club.

The New Zealander was brought in at the start of November to try to help the Pirates adapt to the new Experimental Law Variations.

"The Cornish Pirates will be successful because of the passion that is displayed by the players, coaches and support staff," said Stirling, who returns to Wellington to coach their B squad.

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