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Caucaunibuca on the lookout for new club
Tom Hamilton
March 26, 2014
Rupeni Caucaunibuca played three games for Northland in 2013 © Getty Images
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One of rugby's most mercurial talents Rupeni Caucaunibuca has told ESPN he is on the lookout for a new club.

The best that never was: Finding Caucaunibuca

  • "On Brian O'Driscoll's website, there is a list of the 13 best players he has faced. Sitting third behind Jonah Lomu and Tim Horan is a Fijian with just seven caps for his national team. Since 2001, Rupeni Caucaunibuca has started a miserly 126 first-team matches but the level of skill, pace and box-office ability shown in the 87 tries he scored over the last 13 years has ensured he will go down in rugby folklore, albeit as one of the sport's great wasted talents.
  • "Caucaunibuca is an enigma. Thousands upon thousands of words have been penned speculating where he will journey to next, whether he will turn up a club or if his feet have finally settled. What becomes abundantly clear when talking to Caucau is that family comes first, so it seems he has realised his playing days are numbered."
  • Read the full feature on Caucaunibuca here

Caucaunibuca is widely regarded as one of the game's most lethal finishers but off-field issues have dogged his 13-year career. Now aged 33, Caucau is fully aware his playing days are coming to an end but he is determined to secure one more contract.

Caucau played in the 2013 ITM Cup for Northland, a move that ended a 22-month hiatus away from the game, but he made just two starts during his time at the team. He is playing in the Hong Kong Tens this week for Tana Umaga's Dragons side and hopes he will catch the eye of a club on the lookout for a new winger.

"Last season was good for me, I had just come back from my knee injury," Caucau told ESPN. "It was a good step for me to go to Northland. I enjoyed it there. At the moment I am looking forward, I am in good shape and I don't want to waste time. My time is going fast. I don't know how many years I have left to play rugby and I am here to work hard."

Caucau added: "My motivation is to try hard in every single game. I need to get that contract to help me and my family. I need someone on the sideline to touch his hat and say 'okay, you're good enough for us'."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Tom Hamilton is the Assistant Editor of ESPNscrum.

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