Vainikolo makes shock move
January 4, 2012
Lesley Vainikolo played five internationals for England © Getty Images
Former England wing Lesley Vainikolo has left Gloucester to join French second division club La Rochelle with immediate effect.
Vainikolo scored 36 tries in 87 games for the Cherry and Whites following his switch from rugby league side Bradford Bulls in 2007 and represented England five times.
La Rochelle coach Fabrice Ribeyrolles said: "Lesley is the profile we are looking for. We have been thinking about strengthening our three-quarter line with a 'puncher' but we did not want to rush.
"Lesley brings many features, he has an impressive ability both offensively and defensively, he is very physically fit and able to join us immediately. He showed a real desire to come and play at La Rochelle."
© ESPN EMEA Ltd
Toulon's Heineken Cup final victory over Clermont Auvergne may have ended a long title drought for the Top 14 club but two of their players are no strangers to success
We bring you our pick of the best pictures from around the world in the last seven days with the battle for Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup glory taking centre stage
"If you listen carefully you should be able to hear them mining the granite for the statue of a certain Jonny Wilkinson" Graham Jenkins reports from the Heineken Cup Final
Quade Cooper's defence is better than it was 12 months ago and Robbie Deans has erred in omitting him from the core Wallabies squad to play the Lions, Greg Growden writes