Head Coach Paul Turner is delighted to announce that Tongan International, Leon Fukofuka and South African, Luvuyo ‘Papi’ Pupuma have joined Ampthill Rugby
Scrum-Half Leon, 24 (1.85m, 94kg), has been capped by Tonga seven times including four appearances at the World Cup in Japan. He joins Ampthill from Auckland, New Zealand where he made 8 appearances last season in the Mitre 10 Premiership. He has also previously represented New Zealand U20’s.
Leon comments “I’m excited to be joining Ampthill and playing in England. I have heard lots about the club and hope to help them achieve further success in the future”
Prop Luvuyo, 27 (1.76m, 116 kg), joins from Eastern Province Elephants in South Africa. He previously played for the Isuzu Southern Kings 26 times in Pro14 scoring 3 tries, and Golden Lions. He is a graduate of University of Witwatersrand
Luvayo comments “I’m really excited to join Ampthill as I’ve heard alot of good things about the club from my friend Jarryd (Sage). I’m really keen to learn from the coaches and players and hopefully I can be of value to Ampthill whilst at the same time improve as a player”
Paul Turner comments “We’ve been looking to strengthen the squad over the last few months and we’re delighted to introduce Leon and Luvuyo to Ampthill Rugby.
Leon has played representative rugby with Auckland, Super Rugby with Canterbury Crusaders and just returned from the World Cup with Tonga. He comes with great pedigree and will add real competition to our scrum half pool. Luvuyo joins us from Eastern Province after playing last season in the Pro 14 and he will add quality to our front row resource.”
Ampthill are one of two part-time teams in the Greene King IPA Championship, and both Leon and Papi (Luvuyo) are available for employment around their rugby commitments. If you have any job opportunity that you would like to discuss with either of them please contact the club in the first instance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org