Lukhan Salakaia-Loto rugby player
Lukhan Salakaia-Loto rugby player

Lukhan Salakaia-Loto

19th Sep 1996 1.98m/121kg Blindside Flanker

Lukahn was a pivotal member of the Australian squad at the 2015 World Rugby U20 Championship in Italy and later that year he signed a three-year deal with the Queensland Reds and was named in the Queensland Country squad for the National Rugby Championship in 2015.

He made his Super Rugby debut for the Reds in April 2016. Won the inaugural Super U20s Championship with Queensland and was again selected to represent the Australian Under 20s. Made his National Rugby Championship debut for Brisbane City.

In 2017 he established himself as a regular starter for the Reds, before earning his Test debut against the Springboks. His full skillset and power were on display later in the year when he had a stellar cameo off the bench in the Wallabies’ upset win over the All Blacks in the third Bledisloe Cup Test in Brisbane.

Following a strong start to the Super Rugby season with the Reds, the powerful forward was named in the Wallabies squad for the 2018 June Series.

Lukahn made just 6 appearances for the Reds during the 2018 Super Rugby season but was still named in the Wallabies Rugby Championship squad. Tui featured in 4 of the Wallabies' Rugby Championship matches and following an incident with a fan, Tui decided to step away from the game for the remainder of the year for family reasons.

Ahead of the 2019 Super Rugby season, Tui legally changed his name to Lukhan Salakaia-Loto to honour his stepfather following his sudden passing.

He featured in all but one of the Reds' 16 Super Rugby matches and returns to the Wallabies squad ahead of the 2019 Rugby Championship and followed that with World Cup selection. When named in Cheika's RWC squad he had 15 Wallaby caps

Career

reds Queensland Reds
Blindside Flanker
2016 - present
Brisbane City Logo Brisbane City
Blindside Flanker
2016 - present
australia Australia
Blindside Flanker
2017 - present
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No 5 Lock
ARU Australia U20's
No 5 Lock
2015 - 2015
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Blindside Flanker
2015 - 2015