Jordan Rapana swaps the NRL for Japanese Rugby

Drew Darbyshire

New Zealand international Jordan Rapana has left Canberra Raiders to take up an opportunity with Japanese Rugby outfit Panasonic Wild Knights.

The 30-year-old scored 74 tries in 118 NRL appearances for Gold Coast Titans and Canberra Raiders.

Rapana earned 11 caps for New Zealand and three for the Cook Islands.

In a statement released by the Raiders, it read: “The Canberra Raiders would like to take the opportunity to thank Jordan Rapana for his career with the Green Machine, after the announcement this week he’ll be making the move to Japanese Rugby with the Panasonic Wild Knights.

“Rapana confirmed his departure on Tuesday via his Instagram account after the Wild Knights announced his signing on their website.

“Off the field, Rapana proved to be one of the most popular players among his team-mates and also the clubs members and fans, with his energetic approach to life and his infectious personality.

“The club would like to thank Jordan for his time in green and wish him nothing but the best for the future.”

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