Tongan hooker commits to Worcester

Worcester Warriors have announced that their front row ace Aleki Lutui has committed his future to the club by signing a new two-year deal.


The Tongan international hooker has been a huge part of the Worcester pack since arriving at the club in September 2006.


Renowned for his explosive running and fierce scrumming, Lutui has now agreed a new deal that will extend his stay at Sixways until at least 2012, with the exclusive option of a third year.


Lutui, 31, who is now fast approaching 100 games for Warriors, was named in the Tonga squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France and has captained his country on several occasions in the past.


Director of Rugby Mike Ruddock said: “Aleki has extended his contract and will be staying with us for at least two years with an option for that to be even longer with a third year.


“We’re delighted because Aleki is a great Warrior, a great player and is hugely respected in our camp and right across the Guinness Premiership.


“He is such a catalyst for our game, when he goes forward it gives everyone a lift and it’s great he is now on board for a few more years.


“I don’t think anyone connected with the Worcester Warriors will forget that tackle against Saracens a few years ago when he nailed a player in that must win game and gave everyone a lift.


“He can have that kind of impact and we look forward to seeing him in action over the coming seasons.”


Lutui added: “I am very pleased to agree a new contract. I am happy here and really enjoy my rugby in Worcester.


“My family is settled in Worcester, which is very important to me, I have good friends at the club and all I want to do now it to help get the team up the Guinness Premiership table and become even better.”

 

 

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