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No more Fiji for me: Caucau says club only

Sunday, June 14, 2009

BUA man Rupeni Caucaunibuca has quit playing for Fiji, saying he is fed up with the treatment he has received from rugby bosses and local fans.

Caucau yesterday said he had hung up his international boots.

"I no longer want to play for Fiji," he said.

"I know the bad luck that playing for Fiji has brought me because people rubbish me and so I no longer want to play for this country, not now, not next year, in five years or any other time in the future."

The star winger instead preferred to spread the gospel of Jesus.

He was part of group of Ruggers for Jesus that included Filimone Delasau and Sireli Bobo.

Speaking to hundreds of people gathered at the police crusade in Labasa Town, yesterday Bobo and Delasau, like Caucau, said spreading the gospel was more paramount to playing rugby.

"Now, in this country I only want to spread the gospel of Jesus who will save me in the end day," he said.

"Playing for Fiji is a flat no, and let me say this now so that they know that my rugby boots are no longer ready for Fiji and when they tell me I won't play in the team I am telling them now not to bother because the Fiji team is just no more for me" he said.

"Now I will focus on playing for the my club in France."

"Before I used to be blind about what's important but now that I have seen with the spirit eyes I see that building the kingdom of God is more important.

"I don't drink liquor, smoke or drink yaqona because the time for worldly things is behind me now.

"They used to rubbish me, and say this and that and now I don't even feel any desire to be part of any Fiji rugby team anymore."

Delasau told the gathered crowds that he had heard of complaints about their not playing in Samoa, adding that rugby was not as important as spreading the gospel.

Sireli Bobo said he had already emailed the Fiji Rugby Union that he would not play for Fiji in Samoa because of his commitments at the crusade in Labasa.

Caucau, once regarded as the world's greatest winger, has had a chequered career for the national team with his here today, gone tomorrow attitude.





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