Jordan Rapana

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Jordan Rapana
Jordan Rapana Kiwis.jpg
Personal information
Born (1989-08-15) 15 August 1989 (age 30)
Wellington, New Zealand
Height187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight100 kg (15 st 10 lb)
Playing information
PositionWing, Fullback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008 Gold Coast Titans 5 5 0 0 20
2014– Canberra Raiders 108 69 0 0 276
Total 113 74 0 0 296
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 11 6 0 0 24
As of 19 August 2019
Source: [1]

Jordan Rapana (born 15 August 1989) is a professional rugby league footballer who plays as a winger and fullback for the Canberra Raiders in the NRL. He has represented New Zealand Māori, Cook Islands and New Zealand at international level.

Rapana has previously played for the Gold Coast Titans in the National Rugby League.

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 against the Wests Tigers, Rapana scored 4 tries in the Raiders 60-6 win at Canberra Raiders.[13] He finished the 2016 season with 23 tries, equal most with Suliasi Vunivalu,[14] and breaking the Canberra club record[15] During the season, Rapana and his centre partner Joseph Leilua became one of the most destructive duos of year, scoring some fantastic tries and their strong friendship outside the footy field labelling them as “Leipana”.[16][17] Rapana finished the 2016 NRL season with him being the season’s equal top try-scorer with Melbourne Storm Rookie Suliasi Vunivalu with 23 tries in 26 matches. Rapana broke the Raiders club record for the most tries in a season. On 4 October 2016, Rapana was rewarded for his big year with the Raiders by being selected in the New Zealand Kiwis 24-man squad for the 2016 Four Nations.[18] On 15 October 2016, Rapana made his international debut for the Kiwis against Australia, playing on the wing in the 26-6 loss at Perth Oval.[19] In his next match against England, Rapana scored 2 tries in the 17-16 win at Kirklees Stadium in Huddersfield.[20] Rapana played in 4 matches and scored 3 tries in the tournament including playing in the Kiwis 2016 Four Nations final match against Australia, playing on the wing in the 34-8 loss at Anfield.[21]

Rapana was named the Kiwis rookie of the year by the New Zealand Rugby League.[22]

2017[edit]

After the Raiders season opening Round 1 match against the North Queensland Cowboys, Rapana received a warning from the NRL after he put up both of his middle fingers, gesturing at the officials after teammate Elliot Whitehead was denied a try in Golden Point Extra Time and the Raiders would lose 20-16 shortly afterwards at 1300SMILES Stadium.[23] On 10 March 2019, Rapana signed a two-year extension with the Raiders, keeping him in the nation's capital until 2019.[24][25] In Round 8 against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Rapana scored one of the season’s best tries by leaping high and somehow got a hand to a Blake Austin grubber that looked destined to go too deep in the corner during the Raiders 20-18 golden point extra time loss at Canberra Stadium.[26] On 5 May 2017, Rapana played for New Zealand in the 2017 ANZAC Test against Australia, playing on the wing in the 30-12 loss at Canberra Stadium.[27] Rapana finished the 2017 NRL season with him being the club’s highest try-scorer with 21 tries in 23 matches. On 5 October 2017, Rapana was named in the New Zealand Kiwis 24-man squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.[28] Rapana played in 3 matches and scored 2 tries in the Kiwis shock disappointing campaign.

2018[edit]

Rapana finished the 2018 NRL season with him playing in 21 matches and scoring 10 tries for the Raiders. On 1 October 2018, Rapana was selected in the Kiwis 23-man squad for their tour of England and the test match against Australia.[29] In the second match in the Baskerville Shield against England, Rapana suffered a dislocated shoulder during the Kiwis 20-14 loss at Anfield.[30] The injury was expected to sideline Rapana for at least 6 months and the Raiders sought a salary cap exemption of up to $350,000, possible where a player suffers a long-term injury while on rep duty.[31]

2019[edit]

Rapana made a shock return for the Raiders two months earlier than expected, slotting back into his wing spot in Round 2 against the Melbourne Storm in the 22-10 loss at Canberra Stadium.[32][33] In Round 4 against the North Queensland Cowboys, Rapana played his 100th NRL career match and scored 2 tries in the 30-12 win at 1300SMILES Stadium.[34]

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 8 May 2015.
  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 8 May 2015.
  7. ^ Justin Chadwick. "Force recruit NRL's Will Tupou". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  8. ^ Chris Wilson (5 August 2014). "Anthony Milford to halves as Canberra Raiders make massive changes". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Jordan Rapana signs with the Raiders | NRL". Zerotackle.com. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Jordan Rapana Re-Signs with the Raiders for 2015". Raiders.com.au. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Late Mail NRL: Raiders v Eels". Raiders.com.au. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Rapana Re-Signs". Raiders.com.au. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  13. ^ Jon Tuxworth. "NRL: Jordan Rapana runs rampant as Canberra Raiders thrash awful Tigers". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  14. ^ "NRL Stats - National Rugby League". www.nrl.com.
  15. ^ "Rugby League Tables / Canberra Point Scorers". afltables.com.
  16. ^ http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/canberra-raiders/the-leipana-bromance-between-jordan-rapana-and-joey-leilua-driving-the-canberra-raiders-finals-charge-20160818-gqvwr0.html
  17. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/teams/raiders/getting-to-know-jordan-rapana-and-joey-leilua-the-most-devastating-duo-in-the-nrl/news-story/4085529f6f9edddf1f225dffd1a1f399
  18. ^ https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/four-nations/four-nations-new-zealand-kiwis-coach-david-kidwell-names-his-squad-for-end-of-season-uk-tour/news-story/071d098ece166747c24c06befde4aee9
  19. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2016/oct/15/australia-v-new-zealand-trans-tasman-rugby-league-test-live
  20. ^ https://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/nrl/four-nations-2016-england-v-new-zealand--live-coverage-score-updates-live-blog/news-story/e5b5132afd3abcdf1d3fb6e0aac3ca85
  21. ^ https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/four-nations-final-australia-hammer-new-zealand-348-20161121-gstkra.html
  22. ^ "Jesse Bromwich retains Kiwis Player of Year honours". 20 January 2017 – via www.nzherald.co.nz.
  23. ^ https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/canberra-raiders-jordan-rapana-issued-warning-notice-for-flipping-the-bird-to-referees-20170305-gur0wm.html
  24. ^ David Polkinghorne. "Jordan Rapana re-signs with Canberra Raiders until end of 2019 NRL Season". canberratimes.com.au. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  25. ^ stuff.co.nz. "Kiwis winger Jordan Rapana re-signs with Canberra Raiders until end of 2019". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  26. ^ https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/nrl-canberra-raiders-winger-jordan-rapana-shows-hes-worlds-best-against-manly-sea-eagles-20170604-gwk1gk.html
  27. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/may/05/australia-v-new-zealand-rugby-league-anzac-test-live
  28. ^ https://www.nrl.com/news/2017/10/05/kiwis-world-cup-squad-named/
  29. ^ https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/10/01/five-debutants-in-new-zealand-kiwis-squad/
  30. ^ https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/11/05/tommy-makinson-hat-trick-seals-england-series-win-over-new-zealand-kiwis/
  31. ^ https://www.news.com.au/sport/nrl/raiders/canberra-flyer-jordan-rapana-out-for-six-months-with-shoulder-injury/news-story/4dc9edc7b0633ea0ed35a2d5d4eb5e0d
  32. ^ https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/jordan-rapana-confident-raiders-leipana-have-blown-out-the-rust-20190323-p516ve.html
  33. ^ https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/nrl-2019-jordan-rapana-recovery-stunned-raiders-teammates/news-story/60f0da53aeb5a7fcd0878e68c9e60583
  34. ^ https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/rapana-brings-up-the-century-in-style-as-raiders-hold-off-cowboys-20190403-p51aih.html

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