Aleki Lutui

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Aleki Aho Lutui
Aleki Lutui 2011.jpg
New Zealand vs Tonga during 2011 Rugby World Cup
Date of birth (1978-07-01) July 1, 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Tofua, Tonga
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 108 kg (17 st 0 lb) [1]
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Hooker
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006–2013
2013-2014
2014-
Worcester Warriors
Edinburgh Rugby
Gloucester Rugby
168
8
(115)
(0)
correct as of 20 December 2013.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2003–06 Chiefs 29 (10)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1999–2011
2004–2008
Tonga
Pacific Islanders
33
7
(25)
(0)

Aleki Lutui (born 1 July 1978) in Tofoa, Tonga, is a Tongan rugby union international player. He currently plays for Gloucester. His position is hooker.

He previously played for Chiefs in the international Super 14 competition, as well as the Bay of Plenty in the Air New Zealand Cup. He was also the top try scorer for the Bay of Plenty in the 2002 National Provincial Championship (now, the Air New Zealand Cup).

He has appeared numerous times for his national team Tonga. He made his debut for Tonga in March 1999 in a match against Georgia.

He played for Tonga in their 2001 Pacific Rim campaign and later in the year toured Scotland and Wales. On June 5, 2004 he captained Tonga for the first time in a match against Fiji. In June 2005 he captained Tonga in four matches; two against both Fiji and Samoa.

He went on tour with the Pacific Islanders rugby union team in 2004 for a series of Tests against a number of southern rugby nations. He was included in the Pacific Nations tour to Europe in late 2006 and also played in the game against England at Twickernam in 2008.

Lutui joined Worcester in September 2006 on a two-year deal. The Tongan international was a former police officer before he took up rugby.

He has been a key figure for previous clubs in Super 14. He has since become an important player Sixways with his all-action displays and eye for the try line.

Lutui, a powerful ball carrier and hitter, was named in the Tonga squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France and the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

On the 24 April 2013, Lutui signed a two year deal which will bring him to Edinburgh Rugby in the Rabo Pro Direct 12.

However, on 20 June 2014, Lutui left Edinburgh to return to the Premiership to join Gloucester Rugby for next season's campaign.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - Worcester Warriors". web page. Premier Rugby. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Veteran Tonga hooker agrees to join Gloucester from Edinburgh". Sky Sports. 20 June 2014.