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Caucau: Give Your Best

Former Flying Fijians wing Rupeni Caucaunibuca wished all the participating teams at the 2020 McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast 7s the very best. Formally known as Caucau, the Bua native will
15 Jan 2020 15:17
Caucau: Give Your Best
Rupeni Caucaunibuca.

Former Flying Fijians wing Rupeni Caucaunibuca wished all the participating teams at the 2020 McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast 7s the very best.

Formally known as Caucau, the Bua native will be one of the ambassadors at the 3-day tournament alongside, Nadene Lomu, Lote Tuqiri, Karl Te Nana, Ben Gollings, Brian Hightower and Ken Laban.

Caucau is also aware of players that will be present and showcasing their individual talents.

“It is a proud moment for me to be part of the Coral Coast Sevens and to be an ambassador,” he said.

“I would like to wish all the teams the very best and I hope that people do come in numbers and support their teams.

“I know there will be a lot of players showcasing their talent but will just have to wait until Saturday.

“My advice to these young upcoming players is to play their best, maybe one day we will see them representing Fiji.”

Caucau started out in sevens and caught the eye of coach, the late Rupeni Ravonu at one of the local 7s competition in early 2000.

He excelled from there and named in the Fiji sevens team that took part in the 2001 Rugby Sevens World Cup in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Today he shares his sentiments on the need for more fitness and discipline in the national team.

“There are times when we expect teams to win they usually lose which always disappointed the fans,” Caucau said.

“There is a need for more fitness. When we compare the national team to other overseas teams, they invest most of their time in keeping fit and have been doing well.

“It is how teams execute their game plan and players will need to focus on their discipline.

“7s rugby is different from 15s and players will need to work hard, save and ensure that they have a life after rugby.

“Rugby will come to end, and once it does they will need to ensure that they have something to fall back on.”

Described by many as the world’s best rugby player, his was a story of spellbinding speed and power, but a tale which is also about the unfulfilled potential of Fijian rugby talent.

Caucau has played for the Super Rugby outfit; Blues and French rugby clubs, Agen and Toulouse.

Caucau was a member of the Flying Fijians side from 2003 to 2010.

He was part of the 2002 New Zealand Barbarians side, the 2006 Pacific Islanders team made up of Fiji, Samoa and Tongan nationals and was in the 2010 French Barbarians team. He retired in 2014.

Edited by Osea Bola

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