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Post by greeneyed » June 14, 2019, 12:12 am

Rapana and Tapine named in New Zealand squad to face Tonga

Canberra Raiders stars Jordan Rapana and Joe Tapine have been named in the New Zealand squad to face Tonga in their upcoming Test match on 22 June at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland. It remains to be seen if they will play, given Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has said that players with any injury concerns will not be released by the Green Machine.

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Backs: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Jahrome Hughes, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Ken Maumalo, Jamayne Isaako, Jodan Rapana, Esan Marsters, Joseph Manu, Kieran Foran, Kodi Nikorima, Shaun Johnson, Benji Marshall,

Forwards: James Fisher-Harrs, Zane Tetevano, Isaac Liu, Joseph Tapine, Isaiah Papali'i, Briton Nikora, Kenny Bromwich, Leeson Ah Mau, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jesse Bromwich, Martin Taupau, Agnatius Paasi, Brandon Smith, Issac Luke.
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Re: Rapana and Tapine named in New Zealand squad to face Tonga

Post by Ultima » June 14, 2019, 12:29 am

Both have been injured this year and Rapana missed the entire off-season thanks to the Kiwi's. Hard pass to releasing them. Unless the players really beg to go I can't see Stuart releasing them.
Get Stuart to realise he is holding the club back and step down to player manager!

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Post by Raiders_Pat » June 14, 2019, 12:31 am

I'd go with something along the lines of:
1. RTS
2. Isaako
3. DWZ
4. Manu
5. Rapana
6. Hughes
7. Johnson
8. J Bromwich
9. Luke
10. JWH
11. Tapine
12. K Bromwich
13. Taupau

14. Nikorima
15. NAS
16. Tetevano/Liu
17. Nikora

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Re: Rapana and Tapine named in New Zealand squad to face Tonga

Post by Raiders_Pat » June 14, 2019, 12:32 am

Ultima wrote:
June 14, 2019, 12:29 am
Both have been injured this year and Rapana missed the entire off-season thanks to the Kiwi's. Hard pass to releasing them. Unless the players really beg to go I can't see Stuart releasing them.
Yeah I don't particularly want to risk our players but I think they both belong in the starting 13 fully fit

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Re: Rapana and Tapine named in New Zealand squad to face Tonga

Post by zim » June 14, 2019, 12:38 am

Grats boys. For **** sake don't get injured.

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Re: Rapana and Tapine named in New Zealand squad to face Tonga

Post by -TW- » June 14, 2019, 12:45 am

I don't see Rapana playing, he still looks busted

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Re: Rapana and Tapine named in New Zealand squad to face Tonga

Post by Raiders_Pat » June 14, 2019, 12:50 am

-TW- wrote:
June 14, 2019, 12:45 am
I don't see Rapana playing, he still looks busted

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From the sound of the press conference I don't think Ricky will make him a available.

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Post by The Rickman » June 14, 2019, 6:42 am

I really don’t want them playing this, purely for selfish reasons

Same reason I don’t want Jack picked for nsw
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Re: Rapana and Tapine named in New Zealand squad to face Tonga

Post by kiwi raider » June 14, 2019, 7:36 am

-TW- wrote:
June 14, 2019, 12:45 am
I don't see Rapana playing, he still looks busted

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Yea I don't think he'll get selected anyway, like you say he's nowhere near 100% and the Kiwis have some very good wing options, DWZ captained them last year and with RTS back he'll likely play on the wing, they then have Maumalo who I think will start on the left, meaning Isaako and Rapana missing out

The halves are interesting they could pick any of the four options, I reckon they'll probably go Johnson, Nikorima but only due to them being the halves last year, wouldn't at all be surprised if they weren't even in the 17
1. RTS
2. DWZ
3. Masters
4. Manu
5. Maumalo
6. Nikorima
7. Johnson
8. JWH
9. B Smith
10. J Bromwich
11. Tapine
12. Nikora
13. JFH

14. K Bromwich
15. NAS
16. Tapau
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Re: Rapana and Tapine named in New Zealand squad to face Tonga

Post by Azza » June 14, 2019, 8:19 am

I worry about Rapana. Can't see him playing. He's clearly not fit. Hopefully he'll find his spark again soon.

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Re: Rapana and Tapine named in New Zealand squad to face Tonga

Post by zim » June 14, 2019, 8:21 am

Johnson almost looked like a passenger against us. I wouldn't be picking him this test.

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Re: Rapana and Tapine named in New Zealand squad to face Tonga

Post by Old School Green » June 14, 2019, 3:00 pm

zim wrote:
June 14, 2019, 8:21 am
Johnson almost looked like a passenger against us. I wouldn't be picking him this test.
Morris made a good point in his presser about wanting him to play next week to get more game time.
On Morris, I have to say he makes my dislike of Cronulla lessen a little. He is infinitely more likeable than Flanagan.
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Re: Rapana and Tapine named in New Zealand squad to face Tonga

Post by BadnMean » June 14, 2019, 3:12 pm

Rapana doesn't look fit to me- I honestly think he would benefit from the break and some strength and conditioning work and confidence in his knee.

If Tapine is fit then he should play, it's an honor to be selected and he hasn't played a lot this year. He might benefit from the run actually. Be good if they played him on an edge.

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Re: Rapana and Tapine named in New Zealand squad to face Tonga

Post by Dusty » June 14, 2019, 3:22 pm

BadnMean wrote:Rapana doesn't look fit to me- I honestly think he would benefit from the break and some strength and conditioning work and confidence in his knee.

If Tapine is fit then he should play, it's an honor to be selected and he hasn't played a lot this year. He might benefit from the run actually. Be good if they played him on an edge.
I thought Rapana looked a bit sluggish and
Like he was favouring his knee vs Tigers.


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Post by dubby » June 14, 2019, 3:23 pm

Geez Jordy is not 100%. He's at 50%


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Post by BadnMean » June 14, 2019, 3:26 pm

Dusty wrote:
June 14, 2019, 3:22 pm
BadnMean wrote:Rapana doesn't look fit to me- I honestly think he would benefit from the break and some strength and conditioning work and confidence in his knee.

If Tapine is fit then he should play, it's an honor to be selected and he hasn't played a lot this year. He might benefit from the run actually. Be good if they played him on an edge.
I thought Rapana looked a bit sluggish and
Like he was favouring his knee vs Tigers.


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Yeah by not fit, I mean- slightly injured. Definitely lost some of his dynamism.

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Post by Northern Raider » June 14, 2019, 3:27 pm

Blind Freddy can see Rapana isn't ready for rep footy yet. Hopefully his selection is treated as an honourary recognition and he's withdrawn from the game.
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Post by zim » June 14, 2019, 4:27 pm

Old School Green wrote:
June 14, 2019, 3:00 pm
zim wrote:
June 14, 2019, 8:21 am
Johnson almost looked like a passenger against us. I wouldn't be picking him this test.
Morris made a good point in his presser about wanting him to play next week to get more game time.
On Morris, I have to say he makes my dislike of Cronulla lessen a little. He is infinitely more likeable than Flanagan.
He wants them to let him play a test match to get more game time? That would be an interesting conversation to have with the test coach.
Yeah both the Morris coach and player help the sharks rep.

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Re: Rapana and Tapine named in New Zealand squad to face Tonga

Post by Makaveli » June 14, 2019, 4:39 pm

No CNK?

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Post by -TW- » June 14, 2019, 5:46 pm

CNK is Cook Islands

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Post by Dusty » June 14, 2019, 6:25 pm

CNK wants to play for the Cook Islands in the WC... He is available for NZ selection at other times (if that is within the rules).


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Post by -TW- » June 14, 2019, 10:55 pm

Have to declare allegiance 2 yrs prior or something.

His locker room interview with Denan Kemp he mentions he's loyal to Cook Islands cause they picked him out of 20s

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Post by The Rickman » June 15, 2019, 8:15 am

Northern Raider wrote:Blind Freddy can see Rapana isn't ready for rep footy yet. Hopefully his selection is treated as an honourary recognition and he's withdrawn from the game.
Luckily Blind Freddy is the coach of NSW and currently contemplating bringing Mitchell **** Pearce back
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Post by Raiders_Pat » June 15, 2019, 11:02 am

The Rickman wrote:
June 15, 2019, 8:15 am
Northern Raider wrote:Blind Freddy can see Rapana isn't ready for rep footy yet. Hopefully his selection is treated as an honourary recognition and he's withdrawn from the game.
Luckily Blind Freddy is the coach of NSW and currently contemplating bringing Mitchell **** Pearce back
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Post by edwahu » June 15, 2019, 3:11 pm

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and Reuben Porter selected for Cook Islands World Cup qualifier against South Africa

Canberra Raiders fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and forward Reuben Porter have been selected for the Cook Islands squad to face South Africa in a World Cup qualifier this Friday night at 7:00pm at Ringrose Park. Reubenn Rennie and Vincent Rennie, from the Canberra Raiders NSW Cup affiliate Mounties have also been selected, along with former Raider, Sam Mataora, who now plays with the Belconnen United Sharks in the Canberra Raiders Cup.

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Sam Mataora (Belconnen United Sharks), Eric Newbigging (Blacktown), Troy Dargan (Brisbane Bronco, Charnze Nicol-Klokstad, Reuben Porter (Canberra Raiders), Eli Noovao, AaronT eroi (CQ Capras), John Puna, (Easts Tigers) Reubenn Rennie, Vincent Rennie (Mounties), Moses Noovao-Mcgreal, Pride Petterson-Robati,Paul Ulberg (Norths Devils) Kayal Iro, Brodie Tamarua (NZ Warriors) Tepa Moeroai, Marata Niukore, Brad Takairangi (Parramatta Eels), Steven Marsters (St George Dragons), Josh Minhinnick (Wentworthville)

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I honestly think he could use the rest and should withdraw. I have no idea about international footy in the second tier but I doubt they need him to beat south Africa.

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