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Caucau a ‘disgrace’ to Fijians

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 28 Aug 2008 at 07:26

Wing Rupeni Caucaunibuca was labeled “a disgrace” by Fijian teammate Sireli Bobo for walking out on a club contract in France to enter negotiations with England’s Leicester, the Fiji Times reported.

Caucaunibuca had been signed to play beside Bobo and fellow Fijians Simon Raiwalui, Jone Qovu and Julian Vulakoro for the Paris-based club Metro Racing but, after agreeing to a two-year contract, chose instead to play in England, the Times said.

Rugby 365 reports that Bobo, who attempted to mediate with Caucaunibuca on behalf of the French club, told the Times the winger’s behaviour “is a disgrace to all the Fijian players who have made their mark in the elite French competition”.

He said Caucaunibuca had jeopardized the chances of other Fijian players winning contracts with French clubs.

“We are disappointed and at the same time embarrassed with his attitude,” Bobo said.

“It’s very unprofessional for a player whom the French rugby fans regard as one of the best in the game.”

Caucaunibuca was the leading try-scorer and was voted the best player in the French premier competition while playing for Agen in 2005 and 2006. He had sought a new contract in France after learning his Agen contract would not be renewed.

He was due in France in May for a medical check with Metro Racing, but did not appear, Bobo said.

“The club booked his flight but he said he did not have enough money. I personally sent him money but instead he stayed back in Labasa and refused to come over,” he said.

Bobo said Metro Racing had twice paid for air tickets for Caucaunibuca to fly to France from Fiji and on one occasion he had offered to personally escort him but he had not appeared.

The Leicester Tigers have yet to confirm Caucaunibuca’s signing, while he has also been linked to negotiations with the South African Super 14 franchise the Stormers.

Caucaunibuca has been described as the most dangerous attacking player in world rugby but his flamboyant career has been littered with off-field incidents.

In 2005 he was banned for a year by the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) after failing to keep a commitment to play for his home nation in the Pacific Nations Cup.


  • :???:

    IMO a good thing he didn’t go to CT. Who needs players like this in the game.

    I’m all for the offended unions to sue the pants off the offending player and his agent.

    They should pass a law that allows the likes of this guy’s agent Bakkies’, Mujati’s agent etc to have the pants sued off of themsleves.

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.08.08 07:32:05 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Now watch WP sign him. :evil:


  • Comment 2, posted at 28.08.08 07:38:44 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Agree, same with that clown that Rassie had to go and fetch. But then, WP are a bit hardup for ANY player. :twisted:

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.08.08 07:42:57 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 3) :

    ‘hardup’ :lol:


  • Comment 4, posted at 28.08.08 07:46:15 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 4) : Hope you’re laughing for the right reason? Not for “hardup” that should be hard up? :smile:

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.08.08 07:55:53 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • maybe rassie plans to play kalli vuki at flyhalf

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.08.08 08:10:51 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • Surely one cannot just walk away from a binding contract. The IRB must have some kind of sanction avaialable. And if not they need to step up pronto. A proper transfer system including fees etc is needed. And if a player wants to leave fair enough, provided his current club is willing to release him and all transfer fees have been paid. If not and the player just ups and leave then he should be banned from playing until all legal matters have been resolved. And if the new club pick him they should be sanctioned.

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.08.08 09:53:46 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • He can’t play in England if he’s already signed elsewhere. Same story as Bakkies.

    Which means he isn’t under contract. Probably only singed an “Intent to sign” which isn’t binding.

    I’ve accpeted jobs in the past and then walked away last minute when I realised it wasn’t going to work out best for me.

    Funy think is that I lambasted Joost for doing this a few years ago.

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.08.08 14:58:42 by VinChainSaw Reply
    VinChainSawTeam captain
  • @McLovin (Comment 7) :

    A club cannot enter into negotiation with any player under contract.
    So Leicester would be breaking that if he was under contract.

    The Enlgish clubs are professioanl and run as a buisness and the fines are steep. Which again lead sme to believe this is all smoke and mirrors and MEtro Racing doesn’t have a binding contract.

    I also don’t think the Stormers would amke the same mistake again after the public fall-out and court cases that Mujati caused.

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.08.08 15:00:36 by VinChainSaw Reply
    VinChainSawTeam captain
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 9) : Certainly raised my suspicions. English premiership clubs are certainly well run. Quite looking forward to the season starting. :cool:

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.08.08 15:06:06 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach

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