Born in Gisborne, New Zealand, the 23-year-old began his rugby career with Gisborne Boys High School and made the Hurricanes U18’s in 2017. Shortly after, he joined the Crusaders Academy in Christchurch that led to an opportunity with the Tasman Mako in 2019 as an injury replacement that led to three appearances. In 2020, he suited up and performed well for Kahurangi Rugby Club in 2020. Matenga went on to play 10 matches for the Tasman Mako, including the 2020 NPC Premiership Final, as well as toured to the U.S. with the Mako to face the Houston SaberCats and Seattle Seawolves. Matenga scored a try against Houston in their win over the Sabercats before facing his new side in the Seawolves at Starfire Stadium on January 27, 2020. Matenga brings a strong front row skillset that will only grow over the next three seasons with the Seawolves and the MLR competition.
|Hometown||Gisborne, New Zealand|