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Caucau to play in 10s event

Rashneel Kumar In Hong Kong
Monday, March 24, 2014

BUA bullet Rupeni Caucaunibuca will feature for the BGC Dragons in the 29th GFI HKFC Tens Tournament which starts this Wednesday at the Hong Kong Football Club.

Alongside Caucau, 11 other Fijian players will play for the Dragons which will field two teams in the two-day tournament.

Former Fiji 7s star Emosi Vucago, Suva's Samu Bola and Fiji 7s squad members Viliame Navanua, Henry Seniloli and Jiuta Takubu are some other Fijian players.

Fijian players' representative Aisea Tamani said players from Samoa, Tonga and Japan would also join the team.

"We will field two teams, a team of 15 players each," he said.

"It's a good exposure for the (Fijian) players. Some of them don't get chance to play in the Hong Kong 7s so this is the closest they can get and they also have the opportunity to rub shoulders with some great rugby players such as Caucau."

All Blacks legend Tana Umaga is back in charge of the Dragons which won the tournament in 2012.

"We have some top-class players and we aren't here to just make up the numbers," Umaga told the

"These are all quality players with a lot of experience. We also have a lot of new and young players that we're hoping these marquee players will help and bring through to showcase the skills and potential they have."

The Sailosi Naiteqe-coached Samurai team was the runner-up in last year's Hong Kong Tens Tournament.

Some rugby legends who have played in this tournament include Joe Roff and Toutai Kefu (both 2006), Jonah Lomu (2007), Brian Lima (2008), Bobby Skinstad (2009), Waisale Serevi (2010), George Gregan and Christian Cullen (2011), Mils Muliaina (2012) and Justin Marshall (2011 and 2012).

The tournament is the curtain-raiser for the Hong Kong 7s which starts this Friday.

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