Aleki Lutui: Gloucester sign Tonga international hooker

Gloucester have signed Tonga international Aleki Lutui for next season's Premiership campaign.

The 35-year-old hooker spent last term with Edinburgh, having previously spent seven seasons at Worcester Warriors.

Lutui has 33 caps for his country and joins fellow Tongans Sione Kalamafoni and Sila Puafisi at Kingsholm.

"I know a lot about Gloucester having faced them several times in my Worcester days. I always enjoyed playing against them," he said.

"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."

Lutui becomes the seventh new international player to join the Cherry and Whites for next season.

New Zealand prop John Afoa, Argentina lock Mariano Galarza, Wales hooker Richard Hibbard and fly-half James Hook, Scotland half-back Greig Laidlaw and England lock Tom Palmer have already agreed a move to the club.

They will work under new director of rugby David Humphreys, who arrives from Ulster this summer.