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Vainikolo has been a try-scoring machine for Bradford

Lesley Vainikolo is arguably the deadliest finisher in Super League history, with 149 tries in 152 games for Bradford

Vainikolo made his name playing for Canberra Raiders, under the legendary Mal Meninga, in the NRL

Starting out with Canberra Raiders in 1997, Vainikolo soon earned the nickname 'the Volcano' thanks to a commentator who struggled to pronounce his surname properly

Vainikolo celebrates a try against Wales with team-mate Willie Talau at the 2000 World Cup

Tongan giant Vainikolo was also a big hit for New Zealand, scoring nine tries in their run to the 2000 World Cup final

Vainikolo won the first of many trophies in Bradford colours on his debut, a 41-26 win over the Newcastle Knights in the World Club Challenge

Vainikolo made his debut in Bradford's 4-1-26 win over Newcastle Knights in the 2002 World Club Challenge

Super League defences struggled to cope with Vainikolo's 18st frame

After an inconsistent first season in England, Vainikolo's blend of power and speed saw him become one of Super League's most feared and respected wingers

Vainikolo prepares for the start of the 2003 Challenge Cup final against Leeds at the Millennium Stadium

Vainikolo got used to playing in finals for the Bulls, including the 2003 Challenge Cup win over Leeds in Cardiff

Vainikolo celebrates a try against London Broncos in the 2005 play-offs

Vainikolo's prolific scoring feats included several Super League records - he once scored six tries in a game against Hull and bagged 36 tries in the 2004 regular season

Vainikolo crosses the line for Bradford in the 2005 Grand Final against Leeds

Vainikolo, pictured here scoring in Bradford's 2005 Grand Final win over bitter rivals Leeds Rhinos, could always be relied upon to produce on the big occasion

Vainikolo officially joins rugby union side Gloucester on 1 July

At the age of 28, Vainikolo decided to make the switch to rugby union with Premiership side Gloucester

Vainikolo says goodbye to the Bradford fans after his final game at Odsal

Vainikolo's final home game ended with him kicking his first-ever conversion, and he took the chance to say goodbye to the home fans

Vainikolo surges towards the tryline in his last Super League match for the Bulls

Vainikolo scored the opening try against Leeds in his last Super League game - but have Bradford fans seen the back of one of their favourite sons?



SEE ALSO
Gloucester hail Vainikolo signing
16 May 07 |  Gloucester
Vainikolo quits league for union
15 May 07 |  Bradford


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