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Lesley Vainikolo
England
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Full name Lesley Paea 'I'muli Vainikolo
Born May 4, 1979, Nuku'alofa
Current age 35 years 86 days
Major teams Barbarians, Gloucester Rugby, England
Position Wing
Height 6 ft 2 in
Weight 246 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 2008-2008 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 60.00
Five/Six Nations 2008-2008 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 60.00

Career statistics
Test debut England v Wales at Twickenham, Feb 2, 2008 match details
Last Test England v Ireland at Twickenham, Mar 15, 2008 match details
Test Statsguru Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Tournament list

English Premiership
Team Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All matches 2007-2011 53 49 4 100 20 0 0 0 31 21 1 59.43
Gloucester Rugby 2007-2011 53 49 4 100 20 0 0 0 31 21 1 59.43
Profile

Tongan-born wing Lesley Vainikolo crossed codes in 2007 after a successful career in rugby league with Canberra Raiders, Bradford Bulls and New Zealand.

He made his union bow for Gloucester in 2007, scoring five tries against Leeds at Kingsholm. Having qualified through residency Vainikolo made his international debut for England as an early replacement against Wales in the 2008 Six Nations, subsequently featuring in all of their tournament matches.

With Martin Johnson taking the England reins in June 2008, Vainikolo found himself left out of both the England Elite Player Squad and the Saxons squad ahead of the 2008-09 season.

Following Gloucester's derby win over Bath in the Premiership in October 2008, Vainikolo was arrested and charged with GBH after a brawl outside the Second Bridge nightclub in Bath. He was ordered before Bristol Crown Court in January 2009.

In January 2012 he announced a shock move to French second division club La Rochelle with immediate effect.

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Vainikolo bids farewell to Gloucester (Jan 9, 2012) Vainikolo makes shock move (Jan 4, 2012) What's that coming over the hill? (Jul 28, 2011) Vainikolo agrees new Gloucester deal (Mar 22, 2010) Vainikolo in the clear (Sep 29, 2009) Lesley Vainikolo news and articles (41) »
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Sep 10, 2011
Gloucester wing Lesley Vainikolo runs in to trouble
Gloucester wing Lesley Vainikolo runs in to trouble
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Sep 4, 2011
Northampton's Ben Nutley goes on the charge
Northampton's Ben Nutley goes on the charge
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Jul 30, 2011
Lesley Vainikolo arrives for the wedding of Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips
Lesley Vainikolo arrives for the wedding of Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips
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Dec 19, 2010
Gloucester wing Lesley Vainikolo is hit hard by La Rochelle fly-half Romain Lacoste
Gloucester wing Lesley Vainikolo is hit hard by La Rochelle fly-half Romain Lacoste
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