Rupeni Caucaunibuca set for return to French rugby at 34

The Fijian wing will have to pass medical tests at Agen to secure his contract.

RUPENI CAUCAUNIBUCA IS set for a return to French rugby at the age of 34, after offering his services to Pro D2 club Agen.

The Fijian wing spent six seasons with the southwestern side between 2004 and 2010, twice finishing top try scorer in the Top 14.

In 2010, he moved to Toulouse, where he won a league title before extensive weight gain and a run of injuries saw his effectiveness reduced. ‘Caucau’ briefly dropped out of the professional game after leaving France in 2012, ballooning in size.

However, last year saw the 34-year-old return to rugby with Northland in the ITM Cup, having battled his way back to fitness and remedied a knee problem. The veteran scored two tries in his three starts on the left wing in the New Zealand provincial competition.

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Caucaunibuca contacted Agen directly himself last week to offer his playing services to the club and subsequently signed a one-year contract. However, club president Alain Tingaud has yet to add his own signature to the document and will only do so if the players passes a series of medical tests.

Agen fans are understandably excited by the prospect of the return of one of the club’s most lethal attacking players of all time, even if there is a degree of caution at his age and history of poor off-the-field behaviour.

The Pro D2 club’s squad includes former Munster hooker Denis Fogarty.

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