Former Fijian Barbarian, and father of Ospreys’ centre Josh, Sireli Matavesi suffered a major illness last year. His family are organising a charity rugby match on 13th June 2015 to raise funds for Marie Therese House and for Camborne RFC.
Amongst others, former internationals Nicky Little, Shaun Perry and (Ospreys favorite and all round legend) Jerry Collins have confirmed they’ll turn out for the Matavesi XV. Welsh international Andy Powell will also be there!
The following is taken from this facebook link Matavesi XV v Camborne XV
It’s been nearly a year since my dad (Sireli Matavesi) suffered a major illness. On March 2014, my Dad collapsed in the bathroom which led to him having a major operation at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth.
Dad had fluid on the top of his neck, which meant the surgeons had to cut the C4 vertebrate to drain the fluid out, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down.
It’s been a year of difficulty for my dad leading to plenty of rehab. After the operation, my dad spent 5 weeks in Derriford, then 4 months in Sailsbury. He’s currently in Marie Therese House (Hayle), the place where he’s made a lot of progress and really holds the place in high regard.
Dads one request was that his 3 sons hold a charity rugby match, fun day and auction to raise money for the Marie Therese house and Camborne RFC, two places that are very close to our hearts.
On Saturday the 13th June, a Matavesi Select XV will play a game against a chosen Camborne team. The day will also include a tag rugby match between some staff at the house and the famous Camborne vets. We will also be holding an auction of top quality rugby memorabilia, with all proceeds going to the house to help aid with sports rehabilitation equipment.
Purchase of the match day programme at £5 will also be the ticket to the whole event. Furthermore, there is the chance to see past and present internationals against some of the best local talent…..