- 193 cm
- 107 kg
- Date of Birth:
- 03 January 1989
- Wellington, NZ
- Debut Club:
- New Zealand Warriors
- Cronulla Sharks
- 14 June 2008
- Previous Club:
- New Zealand Warriors
- Junior Club:
- Te Aroha Eels
Growing up with a rugby union background, Matulino was a standout junior representative player in New Zealand once he made the switch to rugby league, with selection in the 2006 Junior Kiwis and 2007 New Zealand U/18 sides. The Wellington-born forward was picked up by the Warriors’ U/20 squad as a teenager, where he was named in the inaugural Toyota Cup Team of the Year alongside close friend and current teammate Russell Packer.
Matulino made his first-grade debut under Ivan Cleary in Round 14 of the 2008 season, going on to play 15 matches in his debut NRL season. He was named in the train-on squads for both Samoa and New Zealand following the strong start to his career, but was not named in the final squad for either nation.
He would make his international debut for New Zealand the following year in a 62-12 win over France as part of the 2009 Four Nations. From there, he would remain a pivotal part of the Kiwis squad — playing in the 2010 ANZAC Test off the bench before helping New Zealand earn a breakthrough 16-12 win over Australia in the 2010 Four Nations Final.
At club level, Matulino had established himself as a regular in the Warriors’ side each week, and played every match of the 2010 and 2011 series, including the Warriors’ Grand Final loss to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in 2011.
Matulino played his 100th NRL game in Round 15 of the 2012 season away at Cronulla (the same venue he made his first-grade debut at), before inking a contract extension to keep him at the Warriors until the end of 2015. Matulino was named the Warriors Player of the Year in 2012, an award he would win again in 2015 — making him one of few players to win the Warriors end-of-season award on multiple occasions.
In 2014, Matulino played his 150th NRL game and became the first player in the NRL to graduate from the Toyota Cup (U/20’s) program and play 150 NRL games. He would finish that season with four tries from his 20 matches played.
Featuring prominently in the Warriors squad over the next few seasons (and almost winning the Dally M Prop of the Year Award in that time), Matulino would eventually decide to leave New Zealand in 2017 when he signed with Wests Tigers on a long-term deal starting in 2018 — reuniting him with former teammates Russell Packer, Elijah Taylor, Tui Lolohea and Pita Godinet, as well as Coach Ivan Cleary, who gave him his debut back in 2008.
Matulino would end the 2017 season with 16 matches and one try to his name, including his 200th NRL appearance.
The 29-year-old would deliver in his first season in Wests Tigers colours, playing 23 of a possible 24 matches. He would fail to score a try throughout the year for just the second time in his career, however, leaving him with a tally of 17 tries from his 235 appearances to date.
Matulino is signed through at Wests Tigers until at least the end of the 2020 season.
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- Tackles Made
- Tackle Efficiency
- Average Running Metres
- Total Running Metres
- Total Points
- Average Points
2018 Season - By Round
|Round||Opponent||Score||Position||Minutes Played||Tries||Goals||Points||Try Assists||Linebreaks||Tackle Breaks||Post Contact Metres||Offloads||Receipts||Tackles Made||Missed Tackles||Total Running Metres||Hit Up Running Metres||Kick Return Metres|
|1||Roosters||Won||10 - 8||Interchange||34||-||-||-||-||-||-||27||-||11||21||-||84||72||12|
|2||Storm||Won||8 - 10||Prop||32||-||-||-||1||-||-||16||2||9||19||-||51||39||12|
|3||Broncos||Lost||7 - 9||Prop||60||-||-||-||-||-||1||43||1||15||35||2||128||121||-|
|4||Eels||Won||30 - 20||Prop||44||-||-||-||-||-||1||29||1||14||26||1||81||81||-|
|5||Storm||Won||11 - 10||Prop||41||-||-||-||-||-||-||42||-||12||25||2||115||88||27|
|6||Sea Eagles||Won||12 - 38||Prop||60||-||-||-||-||-||-||59||-||15||32||2||169||90||79|
|7||Knights||Lost||20 - 22||Prop||47||-||-||-||-||-||-||46||2||15||30||1||119||114||4|
|8||Eels||Lost||24 - 22||Prop||47||-||-||-||-||-||-||21||1||10||31||2||67||55||12|
|9||Warriors||Lost||26 - 4||Prop||46||-||-||-||-||-||-||23||-||7||27||5||49||49||-|
|10||Cowboys||Won||20 - 12||Prop||48||-||-||-||-||-||-||53||-||13||35||1||138||121||17|
|11||Panthers||Lost||16 - 2||Prop||47||-||-||-||-||-||-||53||-||12||31||-||104||104||-|
|12||Bulldogs||Won||14 - 10||Prop||46||-||-||-||-||-||2||37||1||12||26||-||101||81||20|
|13||Roosters||Lost||16 - 14||Prop||34||-||-||-||-||-||-||37||-||17||22||1||88||88||-|
|14||Sharks||Lost||24 - 16||Interchange||48||-||-||-||-||-||-||14||-||10||41||-||34||34||-|
|15||Raiders||Lost||12 - 48||Prop||37||-||-||-||-||-||1||19||-||8||22||1||40||40||-|
|18||Dragons||Won||16 - 20||Prop||40||-||-||-||-||-||2||37||1||12||18||3||87||67||19|
|19||Rabbitohs||Won||22 - 6||Prop||39||-||-||-||-||-||1||28||-||10||32||2||73||73||-|
|20||Bulldogs||Lost||16 - 4||Prop||49||-||-||-||-||-||-||48||2||14||23||1||156||109||47|
|21||Knights||Won||16 - 25||Prop||43||-||-||-||-||-||-||30||-||9||24||1||75||75||-|
|22||Raiders||Won||20 - 22||Prop||40||-||-||-||-||-||-||47||1||14||28||-||122||80||42|
|23||Dragons||Lost||10 - 20||Prop||40||-||-||-||-||-||-||25||-||10||22||1||69||69||-|
|24||Sea Eagles||Won||22 - 20||Prop||36||-||-||-||-||-||-||30||-||8||25||5||75||54||21|
|25||Rabbitohs||Lost||51 - 10||Prop||38||-||-||-||-||-||-||26||-||9||23||1||73||53||16|
Career By Season
|Year||Played||Won||Lost||Drawn||Win %||Tries||Goals||Points||Kicking Metres||Kicking Metres Average||Tackle Breaks||Post Contact Metres||Offloads||Tackles Made||Missed Tackles||Total Running Metres||Average Running Metres||Kick Return Metres||Total Points||Average Points|
|Year Start||Year End||Played||Won||Lost||Drawn||Win %||Tries||Goals||Points||Kicking Metres||Kicking Metres Average||Tackle Breaks||Post Contact Metres||Offloads||Tackles Made||Missed Tackles||Total Running Metres||Average Running Metres||Kick Return Metres||Total Points||Average Points|