Jordan Rapana

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Jordan Rapana
Jordan Rapana.jpg
Personal information
Born (1989-08-15) 15 August 1989 (age 29)
Wellington, New Zealand
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 98 kg (15 st 6 lb)
Playing information
Position Wing, Fullback

Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008 Gold Coast Titans 5 5 0 0 20
2014– Canberra Raiders 91 62 0 0 248
Total 96 67 0 0 268
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008 New Zealand Māori 1 0 0 0 0
2013–15 Cook Islands 3 0 2 0 4
2016–18 New Zealand 9 5 0 0 20
As of 15 July 2018
Source: [1]

Jordan Rapana (born 15 August 1989) is a rugby league footballer who plays for the Canberra Raiders in the National Rugby League. Primarily playing on the wing, Rapana has represented New Zealand and Cook Islands at international level. He has previously played for the Gold Coast Titans.

Background[edit]

Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Rapana is of Māori, Cook Island, and Italian descent.[2] From the Ngāti Toa iwi (Māori tribe), Rapana moved to the Gold Coast, Queensland as a 10-year-old, where he played his junior football for the Tugun Seahawks and attended Palm Beach Currumbin High School before being signed by the Gold Coast Titans.

Playing career[edit]

Rapana playing for the New Zealand Māori in 2008.
Rapana playing for the Mount Pritchard Mounties in 2013

2008[edit]

In 2008, Rapana played for the Gold Coast Titans' NYC team.[3] In Round 18 of the 2008 NRL season, he made his NRL debut for the Titans against the Sydney Roosters.[4] At the end of 2008, he was named on the interchange bench in the 2008 NYC Team of the Year and played for the New Zealand Māori rugby league team.

2009[edit]

In 2009, Rapana left the NRL to serve a two-year Mormon mission in England and Wales.[5]

2011[edit]

In June, Rapana signed a contract with Super Rugby team, Western Force, starting in 2012.[6][7] For the 2012 season, Rapana played for the Palmyra Rugby Union Club.

2013[edit]

In 2013, Rapana moved to Canberra to play for the Queanbeyan Blues in the TTM Canberra Raiders Cup and also to train with the Brumbies in the hope of gaining a contract.[8][9] On 24 June, he signed a 2-year contract with the Canberra Raiders effective immediately.[9] At the end of 2013, he played for the Cook Islands in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

2014[edit]

On 7 August, Rapana re-signed with the Raiders on a 1-year contract.[10] In Round 22 of the 2014 NRL season, he made his debut for the Raiders against the Parramatta Eels,[11] his first NRL game since 2008.

2015[edit]

On 8 May, Rapana re-signed with the Raiders on a 2-year contract.[12] On 17 October, he played for the Cook Islands in their Asia-Pacific Qualifier match against Tonga for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

2016[edit]

In round 8, Rapana scored 4 tries in the Raiders' 60-6 win over the Wests Tigers.[13] He finished the 2016 season with 23 tries, equal most with Suliasi Vunivalu,[14] and breaking the Canberra club record[15]

Rapana was named the Kiwis rookie of the year by the New Zealand Rugby League.[16]

2017[edit]

On March 10, Rapana signed a two-year extension with the Raiders, keeping him in the nation's capital until 2019.[17][18] Jordan Rapana represented New Zealand in the 2017 world cup in Australia, New Zealand and PNG.

Statistics[edit]

Season by Season
Season Team Games (Win-Draw-Lose) Tries Goals Field Goals Points
2008 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg 5 (1-0-4) 5 0 0 20
2014 Canberra colours.svg 2 (0-0-2) 1 0 0 4
2015 Canberra colours.svg 19 (9-0-10) 7 0 0 28
2016 Canberra colours.svg 27 (18-1-8) 23 0 0 92
2017 Canberra colours.svg 23 (10-0-13) 21 0 0 84

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jordan Rapana". Rugby League Project.
  2. ^ Helmers, Caden (23 October 2017). "Rugby League World Cup: New Zealand jersey means the world to Jordan Rapana". Canberra Times. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 16 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "NRL 2008 - Round 18". Rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 2015-05-08.
  5. ^ Walshaw, Nick (15 September 2016). "Raiders' Jordan Rapana on his faith and return to NRL football". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Force sign cross-code youngster | Live Rugby News". Espnscrum.com. Retrieved 2015-05-08.
  7. ^ Justin Chadwick. "Force recruit NRL's Will Tupou". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2015-05-08.
  8. ^ Chris Wilson (2014-08-05). "Anthony Milford to halves as Canberra Raiders make massive changes". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-05-08.
  9. ^ a b "Jordan Rapana signs with the Raiders | NRL". Zerotackle.com. 2013-06-24. Retrieved 2015-05-08.
  10. ^ "Jordan Rapana Re-Signs with the Raiders for 2015". Raiders.com.au. Retrieved 2015-05-08.
  11. ^ "Late Mail NRL: Raiders v Eels". Raiders.com.au. Retrieved 2015-05-08.
  12. ^ "Rapana Re-Signs". Raiders.com.au. Retrieved 2015-05-08.
  13. ^ Jon Tuxworth. "NRL: Jordan Rapana runs rampant as Canberra Raiders thrash awful Tigers". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
  14. ^ "NRL Stats - National Rugby League". www.nrl.com.
  15. ^ "Rugby League Tables / Canberra Point Scorers". afltables.com.
  16. ^ "Jesse Bromwich retains Kiwis Player of Year honours". 20 January 2017 – via www.nzherald.co.nz.
  17. ^ David Polkinghorne. "Jordan Rapana re-signs with Canberra Raiders until end of 2019 NRL Season". canberratimes.com.au. Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  18. ^ stuff.co.nz. "Kiwis winger Jordan Rapana re-signs with Canberra Raiders until end of 2019". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 2017-03-11.

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