The 2018/19 season brought with it a couple of challenges for Motu Matu’u after he signed for the club from west country outfit Gloucester.
The Samoan hooker would have been hoping to secure more game time in his opening season, however a hip injury sustained whilst playing against Hartpury in December 2018 meant he was side-lined for several months.
“It was a season of ups and downs”, said the hooker.
“It could be mentally frustrating at times not playing. You love it when you are on top and injury free, but when it hits you, you can end up in a low spot. The medical staff did an unbelievable job, they got me back playing my first game far quicker than expected. The support around me was also incredible, my family and my son being born in January gave me a big boost to get back playing as fast as I could.”
The club atmosphere is an environment Matu’u feels very comfortable in and has adjusted to life in Sunbury with ease.
“I’ve really enjoyed my first season, it actually feels like I have been here for ages. There is a good bunch of lads, the off-field team is unbelievable, and everyone is made to feel that they are a part of the team.”
As the club prepares for life back in the Premiership, Matu’u believes Irish will benefit as the new additions to the squad join later in the year.
“Heading back into the Premiership this season means it’s going to go up a notch. The new signings to the club will give a massive boost to the whole squad as we look to compete against the best sides in the country.”
After regaining his fitness and ahead of the start of the new season, Matu’u is hopeful of achieving a place in the Samoan Rugby World Cup squad, an honour that would mean a huge amount to him.
“It will be a special moment for me if I was to be named in the Samoa World Cup squad. To play for my country and represent my family would be a big blessing.
“If I am selected, it will be a massive challenge for myself and the boys, but one that we will relish.”
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