Luatangi Vatuvei

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Luatangi Vatuvei
Date of birth (1977-12-08) December 8, 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Tonga Tonga
Height 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 120 kg (260 lb)
University Daito Bunka University
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Apps (points)
Japan Toshiba Brave Lupus
Japan Kintetsu Liners
Japan Toyota Industries Shuttles
National team(s)
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2001-2007  Japan 23 (45)

Luatangi Samurai Vatuvei (formerly Ruatangi Vatuvei) (born December 8, 1977) is a Tongan-born Japanese rugby union footballer.

He used to play rugby in Japan for Toshiba Brave Lupus in the Top League and has also played for the Japan national rugby union team under the IRB three year residence qualification.

Usually a second row but also used by Toshiba coach Masahiro Kunda in the centres, Vatuvei is extremely strong. In 2006, he obtained Japanese citizenship. He is 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in) tall and weighs 120 kg (260 lb).

In 2007 he moved from Toshiba to Kintetsu Liners which was demoted from the Top League in the previous season. This did not prevent John Kirwan from including him in the Japan squad for RWC 2007.

Vatuvei was the top try scorer in the 2004-5 Top League season with 18 tries. He is a cousin of New Zealand rugby league international winger Manu Vatuvei.

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