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Lesley Vainikolo

Tongan-New Zealand rugby league and rugby union footballer

Lesley Vainikolo is ...


Born 4 May 1979 in Nuku'alofa
Age 44 years, 1 months

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship Tonga and New Zealand
Occupation rugby league player, rugby union player and rugby sevens player
Sport rugby league, rugby sevens and rugby union
Participant in 2002 Commonwealth Games
Member of sports team Barbarians, England national rugby union team, Gloucester Rugby, Bradford Bulls, Canberra Raiders, Stade Rochelais, Tonga national rugby union team (sevens) and New Zealand national rugby league team
Educated at De La Salle College, Mangere East

About Lesley Vainikolo

Lesley Vainikolo, also known as "The Volcano," is a Tongan-New Zealand rugby league and rugby union footballer born on May 4, 1979. He is known for his powerful runs and incredible strength on the field.

Vainikolo began his rugby career playing for the Tongan national team in 2001. He then moved to New Zealand and played for the Canterbury Bulldogs in the National Rugby League (NRL) from 2002 to 2006. During his time with the Bulldogs, he scored an impressive 73 tries in 83 games.

In 2007, Vainikolo made the switch to rugby union and signed with the English club, Gloucester Rugby. He quickly made a name for himself, scoring 12 tries in his first 10 games. He went on to play for the English national team, earning 17 caps and scoring 12 tries.

After four seasons with Gloucester, Vainikolo returned to rugby league and signed with the Bradford Bulls in 2011. He played for the Bulls for two seasons before retiring from professional rugby in 2013.

Off the field, Vainikolo is known for his charitable work. He has been involved with the Wooden Spoon charity, which supports disadvantaged children through rugby, and has also worked with the Pacific Island Rugby League Community.

Vainikolo's impressive career and charitable work have earned him a place in rugby history. He is a true legend of the game and a role model for aspiring rugby players around the world.


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