Ampthill ace Lutui receives Tonga call-up for the World Cup

Brighton hosted the Rugby World Cup at the weekend
Brighton hosted the Rugby World Cup at the weekend

Ampthill hooker Aleki Lutui has been named in the Tonga squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Born in Tofoa 36 years ago, Lutui has 43 caps for Tonga, including the 2007 & 2011 Rugby World Cups.

Aleki Lutui

Aleki Lutui

Capped seven times for the Pacific Islanders, his 6ft, 17st 4lb frame has seen him renowned for his ball carrying and abrasive tackling at every level.

Capable of playing at loosehead prop as well as hooker, he made his debut for Ampthill in a pre-season warm-up against Bedford Blues this month.

Lutui’s career includes 278 appearances in first class rugby, including 36 for the Waikato Chiefs, 168 for Worcester Warriors, 15 for Edinburgh Reivers and 14 for Gloucester.

Ampthill director of rugby Mark Lavery said: “I am delighted that Aleki has been included in the Tonga national squad for what will be his third consecutive Rugby World Cup.

“In the short time he has been with us he has become a role model for our younger players, and the club wishes both he and the Tongan squad the very best of luck.”

Lutui added: “I am proud to play a part in my country’s Rugby World Cup squad for the third time.”