Fetu’u Vainikolo, a third-year left wing for the Utah Warriors, was born and raised in the small Tongan village of Ha’alalo. As the second youngest of six children, Vainikolo moved to New Zealand at the age of 12 and attended Marcellin College. In 2007, he made his ITM Cup debut for the Northland and caught the attention of Super Rugby franchises with his try-scoring ability. The following year, he joined the Highlanders and was a stand out performer on the wing during his three years in Super Rugby.
In 2011, Vainikolo made the move north to play with Ireland based side Connacht in the Pro12 competition and was a lethal part of their attack. After two years as a regular starter for Connacht, he joined the Exeter Chiefs and helped them win the LV Cup in 2014. After a stint in the English Premiership, he moved to France to play with Top 14 side Oyonnax and then the Valence Romans.
Vainikolo has also enjoyed success on the international stage. As a Tongan international, he received his first cap in 2011 against Fiji and has since played 28 tests for the ‘Ikale Tahi. Shortly after his international debut, he was selected for the 2011 World Cup and was a part of the squad that upset finalists France in pool play. In 2015, he was selected for his second World Cup and is currently the leading try scorer in Tongan test history with 17 tries.
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