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Lukhan Tui

Lukhan Salakaia-Loto
Birth nameLukhan Herman Lealaiauloto Tui
Date of birth (1996-09-19) 19 September 1996 (age 24)
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) [1]
Weight123 kg (19 st 5 lb) [1]
School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock, Flanker
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015
2016-pres.
2016-pres.
Randwick
Brothers[2]
1
1
11
0)
(0)
(12)
Correct as of 17 September 2017
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016-pres. Queensland Reds 19 (10)
Correct as of 2 June 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015-16
2017
Australia U20
Australia
10
16

(10)
Correct as of 19 September 2019

Lukhan Salakaia-Loto (formerly Lukhan Tui, born 19 September 1996), is an Australian rugby union player. He plays for the Queensland Reds in Super Rugby, and his usual position is lock but he has also played in the backrow for the Wallabies particularly at blindside flanker.[3]

Family and early life

Lukhan Herman Lealaiauloto Tui was born to parents Herman Lealaiauloto [Ermehn] and Teresa Tuimaseve, his mother, at Otara, South Auckland in New Zealand before he moved with his mother to Sydney, Australia, at a young age.

He changed his name to Lukhan Salakaia-Loto later as an adult in 2018 following the death of the stepfather who had raised him,[4] hyphenating Salakaia as the surname of his late stepfather, mother and siblings with Loto from part of his birth father's last name.[4] Lukhan's Samoan bloodline comes from the villages of Lelepa in Savaii and Faleula in Upolu.

Lukhan attended John Edmondson High School in Liverpool.[5] He initially played junior rugby league and was selected in age-group teams for Western Suburbs,[6] and NSW Samoa.[7]

Rugby career

He joined the Randwick club in 2014 to play rugby union for their colts side.[8] In 2015, he played for Randwick's first grade Shute Shield team,[9] and was named (as Lukhan Lealaiaulolo-Tui) for the Australia under-20 team [10] that played in the World Junior Championship in Italy.[11]

Later in 2015, he signed a three-year deal with the Queensland Reds.[12] Tui made his Super Rugby debut for the Reds against the Bulls in Pretoria on 16 April 2016.[5]

He was selected in the Queensland Country squad for the National Rugby Championship in 2015,[5] but did not play for that side due to injury. He made his NRC debut the following season for the Brisbane City team.

In 2017, national coach Michael Cheika named Lukhan Tui on the bench for Australia in the match against South Africa at Bloemfontein,[13] and he made his international debut on 30 September 2017,[14] replacing Adam Coleman after the first hour in a 27-all tied Test.[15]

References

  1. ^ a b "Lukhan Tui". Australian Rugby. 2017. Archived from the original on 1 October 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ Tucker, Jim (8 March 2016). "The Tight Five with Jim Tucker: Reds players must fire up, phony suspensions and the howler of the round". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ Phillips, Sam (29 March 2016). "Queensland Reds prospect Lukhan Tui likened to Brad Thorn -- by the great man himself". The Courier Mail. Archived from the original on 1 May 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Lukhan puts family first, changes last name". rugby.com.au. 31 October 2018. Archived from the original on 31 October 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Player Profiles: Lukhan Tui". Queensland Rugby. 2016. Archived from the original on 1 May 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "Wests beat Balmain 54-4 in U17s development match". Wests Tigers. 3 July 2013. Archived from the original on 1 May 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "Photos". Rugby League Samoa NSW. 2 June 2015. Archived from the original on 1 May 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "Randwick Colt Lukhan Tui chats". Randwick Rugby. 2 June 2015. Archived from the original on 1 May 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ Seiser, Paul (4 July 2015). "Tui, Lukhan runs". SPA Images. Archived from the original on 1 May 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ "Australia name 28-man squad for U20 Championship". ESPN. 11 May 2015. Archived from the original on 31 October 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "2015 World U20 Championship: Wales U20 23-28 Australia U20". British Broadcastng Corporation. 20 June 2015. Archived from the original on 1 May 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ Ryan, Sam (2016). "Intrust Shute Shield graduating class of 2015". Rugby News. Archived from the original on 1 May 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ Decent, Tom (29 September 2017). "Michael Cheika happy exposing players as Lukhan Tui set to become 24th Wallabies debutant since World Cup". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 31 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Wallabies v Springboks: Who starred and who flopped for Australia". Herald Sun. 1 October 2017. Archived from the original on 1 October 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ "South Africa 27-27 Australia". ESPN. 30 September 2017. Archived from the original on 1 October 2017. Retrieved 2017.

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