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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Rupeni Caucaunibuca looking slim, trim and determined at Northland

As we reported a month back, former Auckland flyer Rupeni Caucau is back in New Zealand, plying his trade with Northland in the hopes of finding the form he showed in the early days. Total Rugby caught up with him for some insight into his world.

Still regarded as one of the greats that failed to maintain his incredibly high standards, Caucau is back where it all began and looking in pretty good nick, despite being injured at the moment.

In this player profile we hear from the man himself, as well as Northland head coach Derren Witcombe,  former Auckland hooker and teammate of Caucau's when he first burst onto the scene.

While there was speculation that he might be returning to France with Lyon, who are in search of an outside back, today it was confirmed that he is unavailable so they will have to look elsewhere.

The former Agen and Toulouse winger played earlier in the ITM Cup season, scoring a couple of tries and combining well with Rene Ranger to set up a few, but unfortunately picked up an injury against North Harbour that has halted his progress somewhat.

He's more determined than ever though, saying that he wants to be a role model for the younger players, and of course wants to put his family in the best possible position for when he retires.

"Now I have three kids. I'm working hard now before I retire, for their future. So when I finish, I have something for my kids, for my family," he explained.

Caucau admits that age isn't on his side so it's a bit of a struggle at times, but he says that he wants to show everyone that he's still got it. We can't wait.

We'll be archiving more Player Features such as this one over time. All feedback is welcomed.

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Rupeni Caucau's wonder try for Toulouse against Brive

Rupeni Caucaunibuca's two tries for Agen against Narbonne

Rupeni Caucau is back - Hatrick vs Toulon

Rupeni Caucaunibuca try vs Scotland at 2003 RWC

Rupeni Caucaunibuca at his best vs the Brumbies in 2003

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s_conner October 02, 2013 1:48 pm

Total Rugby and Rugby Dump: my two favourite sources of clips/features combined. More please.

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Gamba October 02, 2013 3:04 pm

Rupeny...this guy is pure magic.

A genius.

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Hendogo October 02, 2013 6:53 pm

Good for him. I hope he sticks with it for him and his family. Sometimes people shape up when there older.

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matt October 02, 2013 10:17 pm

I'm caught in two minds here, I love watching him play, but I also feel like this man was given every gift possible and he still pissed it all away by being gluttonous and lazy

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stroudos October 03, 2013 8:35 pm

Bizarre phenomenon, a lot of these Fijians seem to get better with age, cf Serevi, Bobo, Bai, Naevo etc.

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matt October 03, 2013 10:10 pm

Perhaps, and I hope for my TV viewing's sake that he does, but it is immensely frustrating that he wasted 10 years

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Pat October 02, 2013 8:00 pm

The Greatest

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finedisregard October 02, 2013 11:04 pm

One of the true freaks of nature in sport. I mean that in a good way. Keep up the good work rd!

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Dude October 03, 2013 4:01 am

Amazing player, someone please teach him english.

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born_rugby October 03, 2013 6:48 am

At lease his trying to speak English, afterall his not an Englishman to speak fluent English

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stroudos October 03, 2013 8:30 pm

Jesus, an in-shape Caucau is a seriously scary prospect!!

Hope he doesn't lose his mojo - can't help thinking of when they got Pavarotti to lose weight and his voice wasn't quite the same.

Can't wait to see more Caucau, this is the man who got me back into actually playing the game again ten years ago!

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Jeri October 03, 2013 10:18 pm

Ok seriously how do I pronounce his name?

thau-thaunibuca? or fau-faunibuca

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stroudos October 04, 2013 6:19 am

The first one, unless you're a cockney. In France they used to call him Sow-sow, because they don't have a "th" sound.

To be really accurate, the Fijian "b" is usually preceded by a soft "m" sounds, so his name is pronounced Thauthaunimbutha. ("th" as in "this/that", not "oath/bath").

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Jeri October 08, 2013 8:30 am

Thanks bro, that's been bothering me for too long

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conor April 10, 2015 2:55 pm

Couldn't of agreed more with you man ! I was at australia vs fiji 2010 in canberra ! And he only turned on thursday before the game and was so overweight and was anonymous throughout the game

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