Fijian winger Rupeni Caucaunibuca has resumed training with French Top 14 side Agen after missing the start of the European season.
Caucaunibuca has thrice put off his return to France for various reasons, the most recent being the birth of his second child. Before that, typhoid fever and administrative issues kept him from flying back to Europe from his home in Fiji.
However, the most prolific tryscorer in the league for two years running has confirmed that he’s keen to make the most of this season.
“I waited until all my problems were resolved: typhoid, papers, and then my wife giving birth,” he said. “In my head there was never a question that I wouldn’t come back to Agen. I’ve been hurt by what’s been said.
“I’m in Agen now and the important thing is to respond on the pitch, to show the true image of Rupeni.”
But the 2006 French Player of the Year may find himself a bit stretched, with the Pacific Islands due to tour the UK next month. Agen are struggling at ninth position in the Top 14 at the moment, with only five wins in 11 games, and so Caucaunibuca aims to place his club above the islanders’ team.
“My priority is with Agen,” he said. “There are three big matches [at that time] against Toulouse, Paris and Bourgoin [on November 4, 11, 18].”
These last two fixtures clash with the Pacific Islands’ games against Wales and Scotland. But Caucaunibuca has made himself available for the subsequent game against Ireland.