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Alex Tulou (born 21 March 1987,Faga'alu, American Samoa) is a rugby union footballer, currently playing in the top French professional rugby competition, the Top 14, for Montpellier. He joined Montpellier in 2011. His usual position is number eight or Flanker.

Alex Tulou
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Birth nameAlex Tulou
Date of birth (1987-03-21) March 21, 1987 (age 32)
Place of birthFaga'alu, American Samoa
Height1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Weight114 kg (251 lb)
SpouseKeyla Tulou
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker / Number 8
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010–2011
2011–2015
2015-
Bourgoin
Montpellier
Castres Olympique
19
88
52
((20)
(80)
(70)
Correct as of 5 February 2013
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006–2007
2008
Wellington
Taranaki
()
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2008 New Zealand 1

CareerEdit

Alex started his school boy rugby at Hastings Boys' High School in the province of Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. He was quickly identified as an up-and-coming young player with tremendous strength, ball skills and speed. He was coached by Bevan Lynch, Trevor Will and in his earlier grades Tim Shaughnessy, Mike Holder and Karl Jones. All of whom had had significant experience and contributions to the Super 8 Schools competition in New Zealand. A great young man and role model for young players at the school.

Tulou started his career with the Taranaki in the National Provincial Championship and the Hurricanes in the Super 14.[1] During this time he had a trial for the New Zealand 7's team.[2]

In 2010 he signed a two-year contract to play for Bourgoin[3] in the Top 14. He played 15 Top 14 matches (9 starts and 6 as a replacement) for the club in the 2010/11 season, scoring 3 tries, and 4 matches in the European Challenge Cup, scoring one try.

Following this he signed for Montpellier to replace Jérôme Vallée after he was forced to retire due to injury.[4] He played a further 8 matches for Montpellier in 2010/11 but failed to add to his try tally.

During the 2011/12 season, Tulou established himself as a first team regular for Montpellier, starting 19 of the teams 27 league games at Number 8 and was a replacement for 5 more. He scored 9 tries, including the team's first try in their end of season playoff defeat to Castres.[5] Tulou also played in his first Heineken Cup matches, scoring one try.

In September 2012 it was announced that Tulou had signed a new contract to keep him at Montpellier until 2015.[6]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alex Tulou" (in French). Archived from the original on 18 June 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Tietjens names NZ sevens trial squad". 27 October 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Le Samoan Alex Tulou signe à Bourgoin" (in French). 20 May 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  4. ^ "MHR: Officiel pour Tulou" (in French). 8 February 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  5. ^ "La fiche de Alex Tulou (3ème ligne)" (in French). Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Montpellier : Alex Tulou jusqu'en 2015" (in French). 7 September 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2013.

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