New Zealand winger Jordan Rapana has been ruled out for six months due to a shoulder injury he suffered on international duty.
The Canberra Raiders flyer is expected to return between round 11 and round 14 of the 2019 NRL season.
Rapana ace had surgery on a dislocated shoulder after suffering the injury in their second Test against England at Anfield.
Under a new system brought into place earlier this year, clubs can receive a salary cap exemption for the pro-rata value of an injured player’s contract, up to a maximum of $350,000, but only in cases in which the injured player misses at least 12 NRL games.
Rapana joins Tonga star Ata Hingano on Canberra’s long-term injury list.