Tabai Matson

Fijian-born Matson made 58 appearances for Canterbury and played 25 games for the Crusaders in the 1990s, before continuing his playing career abroad. He played two tests for Fiji at the 1999 World Cup, a team he also assisted as an attack coach in the 2015 tournament. Matson also played five matches for the All Blacks before turning his hand to coaching.

Matson joined Canterbury as their assistant coach in 2009, a role he held for three seasons before being promoted to head coach in 2012. In 2013 he joined the Crusaders coaching team and was also appointed assistant coach of the Maori All Blacks that same year, working alongside Colin Cooper for his three years with the national team. Now in his second season with the Gallagher Chiefs, Matson will oversee the defence portfolio.

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