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Star winger needs space

December 31
12:00 2008

image Written By : VUNIWAQA BOLA. Pressure from relatives has taken its toll on star rugby winger Rupeni Caucau (pictured) and it has compounded his attitude which explains his behaviour.
This was revealed by Tailevu rugby coach Inoke Male.
Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Male said Caucau is still the world’s most lethal finisher.
“He can still do it- it’s hard to find players like him,” the former national rugby No.8 said.
“Caucau’s biggest enemy is his attitude and family. It’s his extended family who can’t leave him alone. When he was with Tailevu, they kept coming in to him tell him what to do.”
Male said Caucau was a person who could hardly say, no, to his relatives and this caused many problems for him.
“They never allow him to live his own life with his young family.
“It’s like his relatives depended on him for everything and even before he got his contract, an uncle of his came and told him to start a business for them.”
Male believes the pressure has compounded his attitude because there is hardly anyone who knows how to handle him and the problems which his relatives bring on him.
“When Caucau was in the village and lost his contract these people turned their back on him.
“Just as soon as he tries to get back they started coming to him even when he was training with the team, his relatives would be there waiting to give him the next load of burden.”
The Raralevu native said the Tailevu Rugby Football Union tried to put Caucau away from the media to allow him to concentrate in his rugby but all of that was to no avail.
“I told him not to camp with the boys because he was trying to build up his family and they also lived in an isolated area.
“The best thing for Caucau is for him to re-look at his priorities.”
Male said when Caucau is with the other players he is okay and he called on Caucau’s relatives to give the man his deserved independence.
“We didn’t know that he went back but it was the best for him and his family because he has properties in Agen. He doesn’t have one here,” he added.

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