Rupeni Caucaunibuca

Rupeni Caucaunibuca


  • Number: 88
  • Position: Wing
  • Born: 05/06/80
  • Height: 180
  • Weight: 98
  • Province: Northland
  • Blues Debut: 2002 v Hurricanes
  • Blues Caps: 14
  • Blues Points: 75
  • Breakdown: 15T

Rupeni Caucaunibuca appeared all too briefly for the Blues, just 14 games in 2002-04. But that was enough to prove that he was one of the most gifted wings to ever play the game. He scored 15 tries in 14 games, including a spectacular hat-trick in 2004 against the Crusaders. 

In 2003 ‘Caucau’ lit up the World Cup, almost beating Scotland single-handed. He joined French club Agen in 2005 and was the league’s top try scorer in both 2005 and 2006. He was also awarded France’s Player of the Year award in 2006. 

In October 2010, the European champions Stade Toulousain recruited Caucaunibuca. He also played for Agen before moving to Sri Lanka at the end of 2014 to play 7s for the national side.