A dual-premiership winning centre who is regarded as one of the fiercest defenders in the game, Matai has enjoyed a successful seven-year career since making his debut for Manly in 2005.
In that time he has notched 132 NRL appearances and also proved his durability along the way by playing 86 matches over the past four years.
Along with celebrating premiership success with the Sea Eagles in 2008 over Melbourne and 2011 over the New Zealand Warriors, Matai has also been a regular contributor for the New Zealand Test side over the past six years having played 12 Tests for the Kiwis since 2006.
He was again selected for the New Zealand squad for the end-of-season Four Nations tournament in 2011 before being forced to withdraw from the tour due to a shoulder/neck injury.
Matai has shown an ability to find the try line, having scored 49 tries in 132 matches, but it is his aggression and hard hitting defence out wide which has earned him his reputation in the NRL.