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Tigers join Caucau hunt

By AMIT RAJ
Wednesday, August 20, 2008

DREADLOCKED warrior Seru Rabeni's Leicester Tigers are the latest club to join the hunt for Rupeni Caucau.

The Bua bullet's sterling performances for Tailevu has the rugby world salivating over the solar system's best winger.

Now in a flood of new offers a number of top overseas clubs are queueing for his services.

The latest is English champions Leicester Tigers, who have made arrangements to fly him over this week to discuss a playing contract.

Close to seven months out of rugby after being sent home by Agen, in France, Caucau's return from the wilderness has been marked by interest from the New South Wales Waratahs and now the Tigers.

Caucau, 28, has sent ripples of excitement across the rugby world in his four outings for Tailevu by scoring five tries and helping the province repulse the Nadroga challenge for the Farebrother Sullivan Trophy.

Tailevu coach Inoke Male said Leicester Tigers officials kept tabs on Caucau from the moment he returned to provincial rugby.

"A lot of clubs are going after him now just like the Waratahs. It's all because of the internet and websites that they came to know he was back playing rugby and getting into top form," Male said.

"He is going to Leicester for a week to check things out. It's not yet finalised when he will be leaving but it could be by the end of this week."

Male said it was for Caucau to decide if he wanted to join the Leicester Tigers, home to suspended World Cup star Rabeni.

Tailevu Rugby Union secretary Nimilote Naivalumaira confirmed an offer from Leicester Tigers was on the table.

"He will be flying over this week to look at the contract. Caucau will miss Saturday's game against Rewa, but he'll join us for next week's game in Ovalau," he said.

Caucau could not be reached for comments.

Naivalumaira said Caucau had instructed TRU officials he did not wish to make any media statement.

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive Ratu Timoci Tavanavanua said Caucau was not contracted to the parent body and clubs were free to negotiate with him.


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