Gloucester bring in Tongan lock
December 12, 2012
Lua Lokotui has 12 caps for Tonga © PA Photos
Gloucester Rugby have boosted their second row resources with the signing of Tongan international lock Lua Lokotui.
The announcement of the signing follows hot on the heels of the confirmation that skipper and second-row Jim Hamilton will leave the Cherry and Whites at the end of the season. Lokotui is likely to step into the void left by the injured Alex Brown in Gloucester's second-row.
Lokotui has previously turned out for Stade Francais and Wellington in the ITM Cup and was a key player in Tonga's recent northern hemisphere tour. And Gloucester boss Nigel Davies was delighted to unveil his new recruit.
"We've effectively been a man down since Alex Brown injured his shoulder in the opening game of the season," Davies said. "Jim Hamilton and Will James have been superb, and Tom Savage has done a great job there when required. But, with Elliott Stooke also currently injured, we did need to being someone else in. Another injury would have left us seriously stretched.
"We've taken our time and made sure that we're bringing in someone who will add to what we already have, on and off the field. Lua brings a big physical presence and international experience to the table and we're delighted to welcome him on board."
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