Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 29 January 2015

England rugby star on GBH charge

England rugby star Lesley Vainikolo will appear in court today charged with causing grievous bodily harm in an early morning street brawl.

Vainikolo, 29, nicknamed The Volcano, was arrested after an incident in Bath, Somerset, at 2am on October 26 last year.

A man in his 20s was taken to hospital with head injuries first thought to be "critical", but was later discharged.

Vainikolo will appear at Bath Magistrates' Court charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

The incident took place outside the Second Bridge nightclub in Bath's Manvers Street.

The Tongan-born winger, who plays for Gloucester Rugby Club and lives in Cheltenham, made his England debut in last year's RBS 6 Nations tournament.

The 6ft 2in, 17.5st winger has won five England caps after becoming eligible through his residency in the UK.

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