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Fijian legend Niko Matawalu signs for Caerphilly

By Jon Newcombe
Glasgow Warriors star Nikola Matawalu

Welsh National League side Caerphilly have announced the signing of Fijian legend Niko Matawalu as backs/attack coach for the 2024/25 season.

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The 35-year-old has been operating in a player/coach capacity at Pontypridd for the last two seasons, finishing his full-time professional playing career at Montauban in 2022.

The former scrum-half, who made a name for himself at Glasgow and had short stints at Bath and Exeter, lives in Caerphilly with his family.

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Matawalu was capped 41 times by Fiji, appearing in two Rugby World Cups and lit up the sevens arena with his outrageous skillset.

He made his last Test appearance for the Flying Fijians against Wales in Cardiff in the 2021 November internationals.

Matawalu will coach Caerphilly alongside studying for a BSc in Rugby Coaching and Analytics at the University of South Wales.

“Niko brings a wealth of professional playing experience and knowledge to the club and aims to transfer this into his coaching,” Caerphilly RFC said on X, the social media platform previously known as Twitter.

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