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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 November 2006, 10:00 GMT
Caucau ruled out of Wales match
Rupeni Caucaunibuca
Caucaunibuca has been in lethal form for Agen
A misplaced passport has cost Pacific Islanders' star wing Rupeni Caucaunibuca a place against Wales.

Fiji fly-half Seremaia Bai has arrived from Clermont Auvergne after securing a visa, and he wins a place on the bench.

Coach Pat Lam has picked an experienced team with eight Samoans, four Fijians and three Tongans, led by Fiji lock Simon Raiwalui, an ex-Newport skipper.

"It's been my most difficult selection as I only met a lot of the squad for the first time on Sunday," said Lam.

"The team is based on what I've seen in our first two training sessions and I've gone for experience."

After Saturday's Test at the Millennium Stadium, the Islanders face Scotland (18 November) and Ireland (26 November).

We have assembled a squad of talented players who will provide stern opposition

Pat Lam

Lam will hope that lethal Fijian wing Caucaunibuca joins the squad ahead of those fixtures.

"He lost his passport when he travelled for Agen's game with Gloucester and they're desperately trying to sort it out," said Lam.

"I've never coached him before and have only met him once, so we'll see how it goes. We have other quality wings."

The majority of the squad watched Wales in last Saturday's 29-29 draw with Australia in Cardiff.

"I was impressed with many aspects of the Welsh play, especially the way they came back towards the end of the first half," said Lam.

"They have a number of world-class players and seem to have discovered some great new talent as well.

Pacific Islanders coach Pat Lam
Lam has a 100% playing record from five games against Wales

"The Welsh represent a significant challenge for us, but we have assembled a squad of talented players who will provide stern opposition.

"I have enormous love for Wales and the Welsh people. They were among the first top-tier nations to recognise the rise of Pacific Islander rugby and we share a common passion for the game."

Former number eight Pat Lam has a 100% record from five games against Wales as a player.

He was part of the Western Samoa team that stunned Wales 16-13 in Cardiff in the 1991 World Cup.

Samoa then hammered Wales' tourists 34-9 in Apia in 1994, before winning another World Cup clash in Cardiff, 38-21 in 1999.

Two further Millennium Stadium wins over Wales followed with the Barbarians, 40-38 in 2001 and 40-25 in 2002.


Pacific Islanders team to face Wales: Norman Ligairi (Fiji/Brive); Lome Fa'atau (Samoa/Wellington), Seru Rabeni (Fiji/Leicester), Seilala Mapasua (Samoa/London Irish), Sailosi Tagicakibau (Samoa/London Irish); Tusi Pisi (Samoa/Massey), Moses Rauluni (Fiji/Saracens); Justin Va'a (Saracens/Glasgow), Mahonri Schwalger (Samoa/Wellington), Tevita Taumoepeau (Tonga/Worcester), Simon Raiwalui (Fiji/Saracens, capt), Daniel Leo (Samoa/Wasps), Semo Sititi (Samoa/NTT Docomo Kansai), Nili Latu (Tonga/Bay of Plenty), Hale T-Polei (Tonga/Southland).
Replacements: Aleki Lutui (Tonga/Worcester), Census Johnson (Samoa/Taranaki), Ma'ama Molitika (Tonga/IBM), Epi Taione (Tonga/Sanyo), Junior Poluleuligaga (Samoa/North Harbour), Seremaiai Bai (Fiji/Clermont Auvergne), Kameli Ratuvou (Fiji/Saracens).

Pacific Islanders tour itinerary:
11 Nov: Wales
18 Nov: Scotland
26 Nov: Ireland


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