In the first episode of the Oceans Apart Series, Dan Leo, Director of the Pacific Rugby Players Welfare organisation, travels to a remote and isolated village in Fiji to speak with one of the most talented and exciting players to grace the field – Rupeni Caucaunibuca.

With no education, and no support mechanisms, Rupeni was ill-equipped to deal with his meteoric rise to stardom. Now retired, Rupeni currently lives in his village with little means of income.

After inspiring and entertaining so many of us through his career, PRPW invites the Rugby Family to help give Rupeni a 2nd chance, to turn his life around, and to give his story the positive ending that it truly deserves.

Pacific Rugby Players Welfare ( is a not-for-profit organisation that works with over 400 Pacific Island rugby players worldwide, providing them the support, advice & skills they need to thrive, both during and after their rugby careers.

To help him realise his dream of starting a village business that will support him and his family, PRPW and Rupeni will be working with The Earth Care Agency, a local Fijian company who specialise in setting up organic, sustainable community businesses. You can donate to the cause through their Just Giving Page by clicking here


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