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« on: June 24, 2013, 12:07:11 PM »
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Jordan Rapana Signs with the Raiders

The Canberra Raiders have confirmed the signing of former Gold Coast Titan Jordan Rapana for the rest of the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Rapana has been playing for the Queanbeyan Blues in the TTM Canberra Raiders Cup, but will join the Raiders NRL squad from today.

Making his debut for the Gold Coast Titans in 2008 Rapana left the NRL at the end of 2009 to take up a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England and Wales.

He then had a brief stint with the Western Force in Super Rugby in 2012 before arriving in Canberra in a bid to make the Brumbies squad, but decided on a return to rugby league through the Raiders instead.

Rapana said he’s very thrilled about his return to rugby league and is looking forward to the challenges which lie ahead.

“I’m very excited, I've missed rugby league and I can’t wait to get back into it,” Rapana said. “I feel like it’s my first day at school meeting all the new boys and hopefully I can get stuck in and play some NSW Cup as soon as possible and set some goals to play some NRL.”

Source: Raiders Press Release

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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2013, 12:14:09 PM »
Canberra sign former Titans winger Rapana

Canberra has signed former Gold Coast Titan's player Jordan Rapana until the end of 2014 in a move to bolster the NRL club's outside backs depth.

Rapana has been brought into the squad after the long term losses of Edrick Lee (broken arm) and suspended NSW winger Blake Ferguson (indecent assault charge).

The 23-year-old scored five tries in five games for the Gold Coast Titans in 2008 and 2009 before taking up a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England and Wales.

He then had a brief stint with the Western Force in Super Rugby in 2012 before arriving in Canberra in a bid to make the Brumbies squad, but has decided on a return to rugby league through the Raiders instead.

The Wellington born flyer has been playing for the Queanbeyan Blues in the TTM Canberra Raiders Cup.

He said he was thrilled about his return to rugby league.

"I feel like it's my first day at school meeting all the new boys," he said.

"Hopefully I can get stuck in and play some NSW Cup as soon as possible and set some goals to play some NRL."

Source: http://au.rd.yahoo.com/sport/rss/rugbyleague/*http%3A//au.sports.yahoo.com/league/news/article/-/17724239/canberra-sign-former-titans-winger-rapana/

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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2013, 06:45:00 PM »
Rapana is on a mission for the Raiders

Canberra recruit Jordan Rapana looked destined to be the NRL's next big thing four years ago after scoring five tries in as many matches for the Gold Coast Titans.

But the Wellington-born Mormon instead chose religion over an immediate rugby league career.

He spent the next two years of his life on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in rugby dominated England and Wales.

"I guess that's where I picked up the rugby union urge to play," the 100kg outside back said.

"I enjoyed my time doing the mission. It was cold, but good."

That urge stayed with Rapana until his return to Australia, leading him to join the Western Force in Super Rugby in 2012 before travelling to Canberra in a bid to crack the highly-competitive Brumbies squad.

Instead, Rapana has found himself back in the NRL at the Raiders, with the long-term losses of winger Edrick Lee (broken arm) and suspended NSW winger Blake Ferguson (indecent assault charge) creating space for him.

At just 23 years old, Rapana has plenty of time to pick up where he left off.

"I'm very excited, I've missed rugby league and I can't wait to get back into it," Rapana said.

"I feel like it's my first day at school meeting all the new boys and hopefully I can get stuck in and play some NSW Cup as soon as possible and set some goals to play some NRL."

Rapana, who has been playing for the Queanbeyan Blues in the TTM Canberra Raiders Cup, will be a great fit for his new club, who have had more than their fair share of alcohol related off-field dramas this season.

Captain Terry Campese on Monday said Rapana had been outstanding for the Titans before his switch to rugby.

"He wasn't as successful as he wanted to be (in rugby) but it's good to have him at the club to add to the depth we've got here now," Campese said.

"I'm sure he'll be throwing his hand up to play first grade anytime soon."

Source: http://au.rd.yahoo.com/sport/rss/rugbyleague/*http%3A//au.sports.yahoo.com/league/news/article/-/17724239/rapana-is-on-a-mission-for-the-raiders/

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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2013, 04:00:36 PM »
Rapana aims to bring fresh zeal to Canberra mission

HE ANSWERED the call of God to leave the NRL and spend two years on a Mormon mission in Britain - now Jordan Rapana says he's ready whenever Canberra calls on him.

Rapana and Melbourne forward Lagi Setu were partnered on their Mormon mission in 2011 and became such close friends they convinced each other to reunite at the Raiders next season.

While Setu won't join the Raiders until next year, Rapana, who converted to rugby union and hasn't played NRL in four years, is looming as an immediate candidate to ease the Raiders' injury crisis in their outside backs.

The Raiders were already missing Edrick Lee (broken arm) and Blake Ferguson (suspension) before losing Sandor Earl (dislocated elbow) and Jack Wighton (groin) to injury on Friday night.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/rapana-aims-to-bring-fresh-zeal-to-canberra-mission-20130629-2p497.html#ixzz2Xg0P64yU

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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2013, 06:02:23 PM »
Herbert backs Rapana to make the cut


Queanbeyan Blues half and former Canberra Raiders Marc Herbert has backed Jordan Rapana (pictured) to make a successful return to the NRL. Photo: Jay Cronan, Canberra Times

QUEANBEYAN Blues five-eighth Marc Herbert says he has no doubts former Gold Coast Titans young gun and short-lived teammate Jordan Rapana can make a successful NRL return.

Rapana turned out for the Blues in the side’s recent matches against West Belconnen and the Belconnen United Scholars.

But after officially linking-up with the Canberra Raiders, the 23-year-old flyer is unlikely to be spotted in a Queanbeyan jersey again this season.

Rapana’s signing with the Raiders marks his return to the game after a four-year absence from the rugby league.

Despite some obvious rust following his prolonged break from to code, the talented outside back did enough to score two tries in his two appearances for the Blues.

And former Raiders half Herbert said Rapana would have no trouble breaking his way back into the NRL.

“It was always going to tough for him to come in with only one or two trainings under his belt but when he got the ball in his hands you could see he had the potential to be pretty devastating,” Herbert said.

“With his size, I definitely think he’s a good pick up [for the Raiders]. We put a few high balls up for him and with his height and his jump he gets up so high above everyone else.

“He’s a good ball runner and a good finisher as well so he won’t have any trouble adapting to whatever level he ends up playing.” 

Source: http://www.queanbeyanage.com.au/story/1598368/herbert-backs-rapana-to-make-the-cut/?cs=1655

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Re: Jordan Rapana
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2013, 11:48:42 AM »
Jordan Rapana keen to make cut for Canberra Raiders

He started the year moonlighting as a barman while trying to win an ACT Brumbies contract and now cuts hair in a Belconnen salon while chasing his rugby league dreams with Canberra Raiders.

But Jordan Rapana hopes a whirlwind journey to the rugby league World Cup - which includes a two-year Mormon mission, which halted his career - puts him back on the NRL radar.

The Raiders winger hasn't played an NRL match since leaving the Gold Coast Titans at the end of 2008 to go on his Mormon mission in England and Wales.

Five years later the same countries can relaunch his career when plays for the Cook Islands at the World Cup from October 26 to November 30.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/jordan-rapana-keen-to-make-cut-for-canberra-raiders-20131008-2v6kj.html#ixzz2hw5AzKgV