CORNISH rugby player Joel Matavesi has agreed a new one-year contract with Newcastle Falcons.

The 22-year-old centre has helped Newcastle Falcons’ A-team to win the Premiership Rugby Shield’s Northern Conference this season.

Director of rugby Dean Richards said: “Joel is a talented young player who shows a lot of promise.

“He is a good ball-player with a lot of attacking ability, and we will continue to look to bring the best out of him during his time with us.”

Matavesi, who has played for Redruth and Camborne, said: “I’m loving my time up here so far. I’ve come on loads, I want to continue to do so and this is the right environment for me to keep on learning.

“Working with coaches like Dave Walder and Mark Laycock has really helped me – I just want to keep improving and to show it on the pitch whenever I get the chance.”

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