"I didn't intend it to happen but it was because of midfield injuries etc. He was good, I was chuffed for him. He's been playing very well."
"Since Christmas time he's had a great turnaround, in fact, since before then in coming back from his ruptured Achilles."
"He's been very consistent and people forget that, for a big man to rupture his Achilles and come back and function as well as he has, is quite a big deal."
Vainikolo, who recently signed a new contract with the club, has now started 25 games for Gloucester this season (including preseason friendlies) which is the most in his three seasons at Kingsholm.