Gloucester sign experienced hooker Lutui
June 20, 2014
Aleki Lutui last taste Premiership action with Worcester Warriors © Getty Images
Gloucester have signed Tongan hooker Aleki Lutui from Edinburgh.
Lutui, 35, joined Edinburgh in April 2013 following seven seasons and 168 appearances for Worcester Warriors, a club he joined in 2006 from the Chiefs in Super Rugby.
He joins fellow Tongans Sione Kalamafoni and Sila Puafisi in the Gloucester squad, and brings the experience gained from 33 caps and two World Cups to Kingsholm.
Lutui is a powerful ball carrier and will provide cover for Gloucester hookers Darren Dawidiuk and new arrival Richard Hibbard.
"I know a lot about Gloucester having faced them several times in my Worcester days," Lutui said. "It's a great club and I always enjoyed playing against them.
"I was also in the Edinburgh side that played Gloucester at Murrayfield last season, and the support that the away fans gave the team made a real impression on me. To have those supporters shouting for me is something I cannot wait for.
"To be representing a club with the history such as Gloucester will be an honour, as will linking up with my fellow countrymen, Sila and Sione.
"I look forward to working with all the front row players, Darren and Richard in particular, and helping to form a strong unit up front. It's going to be an exciting season."
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