Height: 185 cm
Weight: 105 kg
Date of Birth: 23-03-1988
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Position: Front Row, Prop
Auckland-born Suaia Matagi had to overcome considerable odds to be where he is today as a member of the Huddersfield Giants. After serving a year in Manawatu prison, Matagi completely rebuilt his life and began stringing together impressive performances in the Auckland club circuit with the Te Atatu Roosters and Mount Albert Lions. He was recognised with a spot in the Auckland representative team in 2009 and claimed a spot in the Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup the following year.
He was consequently named the 2012 New Zealand domestic player of the year. The New Zealand Warriors took notice and offered him a trial training contract for the 2012-13 pre-season. He made the most of the opportunity and was upgraded to a full-time NRL contract. He made 35 appearances for the Warriors, as well as three appearances for Samoa, scoring an impressive three tries in the process. On October 7, 2014, Matagi was selected in the New Zealand international team final 24 man squad for the 2014 Four Nations Series, to further enhance his reputation.
In 2015, he continues to use his personal experiences to help kids steer clear of the west Auckland drug and alcohol-fuelled gang life. He finished out the year having played seven games with the Warriors adding up 96 tackles, 55 hitups, and tagging on 542 running metres.
In 2016, Suaia Matagi will be joining forces with the Penrith Panthers on a one year contract with an option for a second.
In 2017, he signed with the Parramatta Eels as one of their starting front rowers and played very consistent NRL football throughout the year. Suaia recorded 26 appearances, 823 post-contact metres, an average of 8.6 hitups, 11 offloads, 504 tackles, and 2511 total running metres.
Suaia is now signed to the Huddersfield Giants and looking to have another great year of football in 2018-19, hoping to return to his hard-running reputation.