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The Canberra Raiders would like to take the opportunity to thank Jordan Rapana (Raider #322) 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.

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Man oh man where to begin.. Firstly I want to take this time to thank everyone at the @raiderscanberra and Ricky Stuart for the past 6 years. I am forever grateful for the gamble you took and the opportunity you gave me in what feels like forever ago in 2014. To the fans of the the mighty green machine who have supported the club through the good times but most importantly to fans who were there through the tough times. You guys made my time at Canberra so much more enjoyable and I will miss running out to that Viking clap every home game! 💚💚💚 To my BROTHERS! What a bunch of blokes we were so blessed to have. Thank you all for your love and friendships both on and off the field. I’ve made mates for life with you all and love u guys more than you know. My time here in Canberra would not of been the same without you all and I wish nothing but the best for everyone in the years to come. Now when stuff goes missing out of the locker rooms we know it’s definitely the other Hori’s @charnzenicollklokstad or @bailey_george_simonsson 😂😂😂 I also want to thank @nzrugbyleague for the opportunity I’ve had to represent my country. It’s has been an absolute dream come true and an absolute honour and privilege to put on that Kiwi’s jersey. I’m super excited for this next chapter in my life and I believe I still have a lot of unfinished business in the rugby union arena! Thank you to #PanasonicWildKnights for this opportunity! 2020 let’s get it 👌🏾👌🏾 sayonara baby 🙌🏽

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Joining the club mid-way through the 2014 season, Rapana worked his way into the Raiders NRL team, before going on to establish himself as one of the top finishers in the NRL. In 2016 he set a new club record for the most tries in an NRL season for a Raider scoring 22 and scored 74 for the club in total during his NRL career. Since joining the Raiders he’s also represented New Zealand at test level and his native Cook Islands.

Off the field, Rapana proved to be one of the most popular players among his teammates 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.


Acknowledgement of Country

Canberra Raiders respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.