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Schoolteacher wants to follow top refs' footsteps

Josefa Makaba In Sydney, Australia
Sunday, January 28, 2018

NADI school teacher Joe Caucau wants to follow in the footsteps of some of his senior referees and officiate in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

The 29-year-old Nakobo, Cakaudrove man is the first from his village to take up refereeing and he said everyone in the village was closely following his journey.

Caucau said officiating as a linesman at the Sydney 7s was the first step and he was looking forward to more participation.

"This is a big thing for me, to come and join all these top referees at this tournament," Caucau said at Allianz Stadium after finishing running the lines in one of his games yesterday.

"My father called from the village on Thursday to congratulate me and told me everyone in the village were looking forwards to watching me on TV.

"He also said they will be preparing a feast for me when returns home,"

Caucau said joining the referees in the series was an eye-opener especially as he was now working with some of the referees he just used to see on TV.

"I will be going to Hamilton after the Sydney 7s and I am looking forward to that," he said.

"I want to thank Tevita Rokovereni for helping me and assisting me in areas I need help in refereeing."

Caucau said he started refereeing in 2011 and had not looked back since that day.

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