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Rupeni Caucaunibuca headed for SA


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Stormers, Super 14, WP on 21 Aug 2008 at 22:05
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Fijian wing sensation Rupeni Caucaunibuca could be heading to South Africa to play for the Cape Town-based Stormers and Western Province. Negotiations to secure the services of one of the most lethal finishers of the modern game are at an advanced stage.

Dali Ndebele writes for SuperRugby that according to Johannesburg-based player agent Greg Tinkler of Sterling Sport, Caucaunibuca’s Fijian agent approached his company to explore options of playing in South Africa. “Rupeni is arguably the greatest talent of the last decade and he is awesome to watch, so I am excited at the possibility of him playing in South Africa.”

Western Province MD Rob Wagner confirmed that the franchise is talking to the Fijian but could not disclose when he was expected in the country.

Tinkler disclosed that Caucaunibuca is currently in Fiji playing for a local club called Tailevu in their Digicel Cup and is reported to be in fine form after months of injury recovery following his release from French club Agen in February. He had been playing in France since 2005, where he received numerous accolades including the 2006 French Player of the Year honour as well as top try-scorer’s awards in 2005 and 2006.

Caucau, as he is commonly known, first made headlines playing for the Auckland Blues of New Zealand in the then Super 12, but catapulted into stardom against France at the 2003 World Cup when he scored one of the finest individual tries ever seen, running from his own 22 and showing prodigious pace, power and evasive skills to dot down under the poles

The flamboyant 28-year-old Caucau has been described by opposition such as England centre Mike Tindall as “the best player I have ever played against” and Scotland’s Chris Paterson said of him that “when he is fit he can be the world’s best player” and that “he is the type that can win a game almost on his own.”

The Stormers already have the services of another Fijian winger in Sireli Naqelevuki and, together with Caucau, they are sure to terrorise opposition defences.

Tinkler intimated that he had more international big-name signings on the cards to play in South Africa.



36 Comments

  • If you can pronounce his name you can have him :wink:

    Hugh Bladen is going to have a field day with this guy’s name.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.08.08 22:09:39 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Sounds like another hasbeen looking for a nice retirement package from SA.

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.08.08 05:27:33 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • Well lets hope that some of these flashy players coming to SA is Dan Carter for the Sharks :wink: Oh wait he is on his way to the frogs :sad: well ok we’ll settle on Gitteau :lol:

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.08.08 08:11:37 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply
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  • Guys – there is an agent involved here. It’s basically a euphemism for “lying snake”. I would take this with the necessary bucket of salt.

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.08.08 08:24:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • YEAH!Because everyone knows we all need backline players in WP :roll:

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.08.08 08:28:19 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 5) : maybe Thau Thau can play prop these days…

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.08.08 08:33:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Ja, this probably means the agent is begging WP to sign the player…

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.08.08 08:46:57 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    LOL!

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.08.08 08:51:56 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • “Rupeni is arguably the greatest talent of the last decade”
    Yeah right, which would explain why he is looking for a job in SA when the mighty euro earned at a 3rd division club would make his paycheque look like peanuts.

    By the way, has that other great pillar of Fijian professionalism, Sireli Naqelevuki, pitched up yet.

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.08.08 08:57:35 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) : Nope

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.08.08 09:00:09 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 10) : The Stormers already have the services of another Fijian winger in Sireli Naqelevuki and, together with Caucau, they are sure to terrorise opposition defences.

    So this line didn’t go down too well with you then… :lol:

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.08.08 09:03:23 by blackshark Reply

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  • Well htye have his services on paper, but as far as i know he is using his copy og the contract to roll a few joints with.

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.08.08 09:05:58 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • this makes about as much sense as the Sharks signing another prop ;)

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.08.08 09:08:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 12) : :lol: But honestly…what’s the story there ?

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.08.08 09:08:57 by blackshark Reply

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  • CauCau has done a number of walkabouts in recent times and like Solly or Naqalivuki, apparently does tend to go MIA. How old is he?

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.08.08 09:21:08 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 15) : 28

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.08.08 09:25:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • Haha, good payment back for our wonderfull purchase last year of McPsycho!

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.08.08 09:27:34 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Kallie Woekie makes me grumpy. And now this oke. When’s the last time he was fit? They should insert some minimum fitness requirement clause in his contract.

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.08.08 09:37:53 by McLovin Reply

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  • Seems he’s also going to Leicester. :roll:

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.08.08 09:39:34 by McLovin Reply

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  • …and the Waratahs…

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.08.08 09:40:07 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 18) : I like the way you make the names sound simple :grin:

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.08.08 09:42:28 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 21) : I’m a simple creature. :wink:

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.08.08 09:44:07 by McLovin Reply

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  • During his time at Agen he was voted France’s player of the year but also served a three-month ban after he tested positive for cannabis.
    :roll:

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.08.08 09:44:39 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) :

    They did say “arguably” :lol:

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.08.08 09:45:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • WP – Stoned, gay & proud. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.08.08 09:45:51 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 21) : Congratulations it took me up to now to understand who “Kallie Woukie” was! :shock:

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.08.08 09:51:42 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 26) : isn’t it “Kallie Woekie”?

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.08.08 09:56:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 26) :

    So much for simplifying the names then :wink:

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.08.08 09:58:02 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 26) : Hi Dudette! Yeah, I’m not too great on nicknames and such while discussing rugby players, but that way it makes sense. I guess that would be the way too slow some of us down.

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.08.08 09:58:39 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 28) : These two have a nasty way of beating me to the punch and stuffing things up for me!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.08.08 10:00:31 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 30) : :grin:

    Would love to see How Bladen or Niekie vd Wald of RSG simplyfies Caucaunibuca.

    KouKou in die beker?
    CoCo innie Bakkie?

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.08.08 10:10:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 31) : Funny man!!

    And you must mean ole Niekie vd Berg? Do not get me started on him, I may just pull a “caw” one here. :grin:

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.08.08 10:14:38 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • I’ll be very, very, extremely surprised if he signs with Province. According to the English press he is at Leicester this week to ‘check things out’

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.08.08 10:14:56 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 33) : Stick with dat bone, we rely on you!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.08.08 10:19:21 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 32) :

    vd berg THAT’s right.

    He is FAR more entertaining with him stumbles and saying than Bladen will ever be IMO.

    We are just unfortunate that we don’t have him as a TV guy, otherwise he would overtake mexted in a jiffy.

  • Comment 35, posted at 22.08.08 10:21:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Can’t find anything on Kallie Woekie on the net. Only that he has personal/family problems to sort out in Fiji.

  • Comment 36, posted at 22.08.08 17:44:13 by McLovin Reply

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