Sensational Fiji winger Rupeni Caucau said tonight he was willing to be a water boy in Fiji’s matches at the Rugby World Cup in France but his physical fitness and mental strength says otherwise.
Speaking in the vernacular from his home in the village of Nasau in Bua, Caucau said he was physically and mentally ready to step up to another level from his sensational tries in the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia.
“My body and mental fitness tells me that I have the talent and the fitness; physically and mentally to break all the records for Fiji I set in 2003,” he said.
“I want to prove to Fiji and the world that I have the God-given abilities to be the man to score more tries for my country in France.”
Caucau had earlier conceded in the interview that he was willing to be a water boy for the national side if he was not named in the final squad that would be handed in before August 14 to the Rugby World Cup organizers.
National team logistics manager Peter Murphy said that the Fiji Rugby Union would be looking at the possibility of arranging a meeting with Caucau but it would be a call national team manager Pio Bosco Tikoisuva and national coach Ilivasi Tabua would have to make.
“This is a sensitive issue culturally and with the IRB checking that he (Caucau) is not involved with rugby in all levels,” Murphy said.
“We’ll have to take it one step at a time and see what we can do about it.
“But I’ll be holding a meeting soon with the team officials and we’ll talk about it.”
Caucau said the number 11 jersey was his for the French championship and he was ready to prove it to the selectors and the whole of Fiji if he was involved in a trial that was not sanctioned by the FRU to beat the IRB ban.
“I’ll prove that that number 11 jersey is mine and I am raring to prove it,” Caucau said.
Caucau has been training with his Nasau village team in the club competition in Lekutu but could not play because of the international ban.
“I train everyday with the village team and I am physically in top shape,” he said.
Caption: Rupeni Caucau scored some spectacular tries for the Auckland Blues in the Super 12 Rugby competition