Born and raised in the Eastern Cape, Alulutho Tshakweni attended Hudson Park High School. Clearly a front ranker of some pedigree, he first represented the Border Bulldogs at the U18 Academy Week of 2015, going on to repeat the feat at the U18 Craven Week in the following year. Alulutho decided to remain in the region and turned out for Eastern Province in the U19 Currie Cup of 2017, a tournament that garnered him national acclaim. So impressive was Tshakweni that he earned a callup to the South African team for the World Rugby U20 Championship in 2018, making the number one jersey his own and starting against both England and New Zealand.
It wasn’t long before larger franchises came calling and Alulutho duly moved to Pretoria and signed with the Blue Bulls for their U21 Currie Campaign. He returned to Port Elizabeth later that year when the opportunity of a lifetime presented itself. Despite being so young, the Southern Kings aggressively recruited Tshakweni to join their ranks, and a Guinness Pro 14 debut came in 2018 against Connacht. At just 20 years of age, the hard-running prop was now a regular on the big stage, showing off his pace and superb work rate around the park. Known for his stunning defensive hits, the 22-year-old has all the attributes and experience to bring value to any squad.
DOB: 26 September 1998
Position: Loosehead Prop
Current Team: Free State Cheetahs
2020 - 2021
Free State Cheetahs (Currie Cup Squad)
2019 - 2020
Southern Kings (Guinness Pro 14)
2018 - 2019
Southern Kings (Guinness Pro 14), Blue Bulls (U21 Currie Cup)
2017 - 2018
South Africa (World Rugby U20), Eastern Province (U19 Currie Cup)
2015 - 2017
Border Bulldogs (U18 Academy Week, U18 Craven Week)