|Rapira playing for the Warriors in 2013|
|Nickname||Big Sammy, Raps|
8 April 1987 |
Hamilton, New Zealand
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||110 kg (240 lb)|
|As of 14 June 2011|
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. 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
Rapira made his NRL debut for the Warriors in 2006 against the Wests Tigers. That year he also played for New Zealand 'A'.
In August 2008, Rapira was named in the New Zealand training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, and in October 2008, he was named in the final 24-man Kiwi squad. He was part of the team that won the World Cup Final.
In 2011 Rapira extended his contract with the club until the end of the 2014 season.
- World Cup Stars for Vodafone Warriors trial in Hamilton Warriors Official Site
- "Anzac Test Match 2007". rugbyleagueproject.org. Shawn Dollin, Andrew Ferguson and Bill Bates. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
- "Kiwis select Sonny Bill". Sky Sports. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
- "Kiwis to wait on Webb and Matai". BBC. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
- Rapira commits to Warriors rleague.com, 13 November 2011