Sam Rapira

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Sam Rapira
SAM RAPIRA in 2013.jpg
Rapira playing for the Warriors in 2013
Personal information
Nickname Big Sammy, Raps
Born (1987-04-08) 8 April 1987 (age 27)
Hamilton, New Zealand
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Weight 110 kg (240 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006– NZ Warriors 165 14 0 0 52
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–11 New Zealand 13 0 0 0 0
Source: RLP

Sam Rapira (born 8 April 1987 in Hamilton, New Zealand) is a professional rugby league footballer for the New Zealand Warriors of the National Rugby League (NRL). A New Zealand international representative prop-forward, he has played his entire NRL career to date with the Warriors. Rapira was also part of the New Zealand team that won the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.


The older brother of New Zealand Warriors player, Steve Rapira, Sam attended Hamilton Boys' High School and played for the Hukanui club.[1] He later played for the Waicoa Bay Stallions in the Bartercard Cup. Rapira first made the Junior Kiwis in 2004, and played for them again in 2005. Also in 2005 he was named in the New Zealand Residents squad.

Professional playing career[edit]


Rapira made his NRL debut for the Warriors in 2006 against the Wests Tigers. That year he also played for New Zealand 'A'.

Rapira was first selected to play for the New Zealand national team from the interchange bench in the 2007 ANZAC Test loss against Australia.[2] In 2007 he played in all 26 games for the club.

In August 2008, Rapira was named in the New Zealand training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup,[3] and in October 2008, he was named in the final 24-man Kiwi squad.[4] He was part of the team that won the World Cup Final.


For the 2010 Anzac Test, Rapira was selected to play for New Zealand at prop forward in their loss against Australia.

In 2011 Rapira extended his contract with the club until the end of the 2014 season.[5]


  1. ^ World Cup Stars for Vodafone Warriors trial in Hamilton Warriors Official Site
  2. ^ "Anzac Test Match 2007". Shawn Dollin, Andrew Ferguson and Bill Bates. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kiwis select Sonny Bill". Sky Sports. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  4. ^ "Kiwis to wait on Webb and Matai". BBC. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  5. ^ Rapira commits to Warriors, 13 November 2011

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