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Rapana eyes Japan rugby union switch

Post by Walter » September 7, 2019, 7:41 pm

This has just appeared in the paper!

Canberra Raiders star Jordan Rapana eyes shock Japan rugby union switch

Canberra star Jordan Rapana is deep in negotiations to make a shock cross-code switch to rugby union in Japan. Rapana is likely to join Panasonic Wild Knights, the Japanese franchise coached by former Wallabies and Crusaders mentor Robbie Deans.

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Post by T_R » September 7, 2019, 7:45 pm

Bit of a glamour club in Japanese rugby, but located in a complete armpit of a city

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Post by Danaman137 » September 7, 2019, 7:46 pm

Well if he’s going to leave us it’s not the worst option. I’d hate to see him running around against us. Hope he takes the raiders deal but would understand if he wants to maximise his earnings in the last few years of his career.


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Re: Rapana eyes Japan rugby switch

Post by FROG » September 7, 2019, 8:08 pm

Rapana has been one of the shining lights for the raiders over the past 5 years. Great human! Handy footballer too. That all said simonsson is a must for a wing spot next year and if u had to choose between rapa and BS and consider that rapa would prob command circa 200k more p.a., i think youd have to opt for the youngster

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Post by -TW- » September 7, 2019, 8:09 pm

I doubt any NRL clubs with a sniff of a premiership could offer what he wants

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Post by Dr Zaius » September 7, 2019, 8:11 pm

I hope he doesn't eye it too hard, Hudson might scratch his hopes
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Post by edwahu » September 7, 2019, 8:11 pm

I am not as sold on Simo as most so I will be disappointed if this happens but at the same time he has to look after himself.

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Post by Billy Walker » September 7, 2019, 8:13 pm

I’d say it’s sayonara Rapana san!

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Post by PigRickman » September 7, 2019, 8:13 pm

A blue friend of mine told me about this about a week ago, said the plan was for him to play Jap Rugby and then come back into the Raiders team before june 30 to finish the season off with us on a reduced deal
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Post by Billy Walker » September 7, 2019, 8:16 pm

PigRickman wrote:
September 7, 2019, 8:13 pm
A blue friend of mine told me about this about a week ago, said the plan was for him to play Jap Rugby and then come back into the Raiders team before june 30 to finish the season off with us on a reduced deal
Not a bad option for both parties if they can make it happen. Would we need to keep a spot in the 30 for him or cut a player to make it happen?

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Post by -TW- » September 7, 2019, 8:20 pm

They kept the 30th spot open until the 11th hour this year

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Post by T_R » September 7, 2019, 8:20 pm

The dates work. He'll be finished up there by end of May https://www.top-league.jp/2019-2020-format/

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Re: Rapana eyes Japan rugby union switch

Post by greeneyed » September 7, 2019, 8:20 pm

Well that's a crappy end to a crappy day.
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Post by Danaman137 » September 7, 2019, 8:21 pm

We’ll already be down a player in the squad with Hudson likely getting a loooooong lay-off


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Post by PigRickman » September 7, 2019, 8:23 pm

Worth noting, the running joke amongst the boys and this guy is that he should spit in the face of the guy feeding him this info because he's never got one right... so it would be a stunning upset if he had the good oil on this :lol:
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Post by Billy Walker » September 7, 2019, 8:26 pm

PigRickman wrote:
September 7, 2019, 8:23 pm
Worth noting, the running joke amongst the boys and this guy is that he should spit in the face of the guy feeding him this info because he's never got one right... so it would be a stunning upset if he had the good oil on this :lol:
It makes great sense. Japanese Rugby won’t be too hard on Raps body but will give him the coin he deserves that we might not be able to afford. If he’s in form, injury free and we need a winger then back he comes and happy days!!!

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Re: Rapana eyes Japan rugby union switch

Post by BadnMean » September 7, 2019, 8:38 pm

To be fair, he's looked busted all year. Union payday would be well deserved.

He can't really shrug off the first marker anymore or stretch out in space. Still a damn good finisher though.

I'd wish him well and welcome Simonsen into the team.

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Post by Billy Walker » September 7, 2019, 8:46 pm

Japanese Rugby would be great on his body. He can kick ok so would hardly get tackled and might have to make a tackle every third week. The genuine concern would be that he wouldn’t be game hardened and would struggle to make the step back up to NRL.

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Post by Westsydneyraider » September 7, 2019, 8:48 pm

Agree with most on here, I’d much rather keep simonsen and retain the younger players like smith-shields and kris then spend big bucks on Rapana

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Post by Roger Kenworthy » September 7, 2019, 8:54 pm

We should be aiming to compete for a Premiership the next two years. That means you retain the better player, not the younger one.

I'm guessing this is a worst case if they can't find a taker for Sezer.

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Post by yeh raiders » September 7, 2019, 9:07 pm

I’ve said this before but next year will see us better placed to win the comp.

With a new half and more experience under our belts, we should be going all in on keeping Rapana next season.

He’s our best winger, the off-season will do his body plenty of good and he’ll come back strong. Still capable of playing elite level football so I want him here.

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Post by PigRickman » September 7, 2019, 9:11 pm

yeh raiders wrote:
September 7, 2019, 9:07 pm
I’ve said this before but next year will see us better placed to win the comp.
For teams like the roosters, or storm, with their level of consistency, they get the BOTD on building into those runs
We're just as likely to run 10th as we are 3rd next year. I dont have a great deal of confidence in this club doing the whole "incrimental" improvement thing

But on paper you're right, assuming George Williams is a quality NRL half
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Post by GreenMachine » September 7, 2019, 9:33 pm

I like Rapana, but I’d be happy for him if this is what he wants.
I don’t think the club should be paying a kings ransom to keep him.
Simonsson will make an excellent replacement.

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Post by yeh raiders » September 7, 2019, 9:36 pm

PigRickman wrote:
September 7, 2019, 9:11 pm
yeh raiders wrote:
September 7, 2019, 9:07 pm
I’ve said this before but next year will see us better placed to win the comp.
For teams like the roosters, or storm, with their level of consistency, they get the BOTD on building into those runs
We're just as likely to run 10th as we are 3rd next year. I dont have a great deal of confidence in this club doing the whole "incrimental" improvement thing

But on paper you're right, assuming George Williams is a quality NRL half
I understand the scepticism.

But I’d like to think the club has turned a corner with the roster that has been built (most recently, the professional English reps and effort players like CNK) and the resulting improved culture.

The Storm are the perfect example of a club who lose key individuals and just seamlessly overcome it. I don’t pretend we’re at that level (which is part of the reason why Rapana is important), but I’m just confident we’ve got a group of players who are mostly true professionals and will only benefit next year with experience.

No Dugan, Fergo, Austin, Paulo, Buttriss etc.

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Re: Rapana eyes Japan rugby union switch

Post by LastRaider » September 7, 2019, 10:00 pm

To be honest, I’m not concerned he is going. More so how we offered $500k a season to stay and he turned us down as he thought he could get more from another club.

It was a fair offer and he shoved it in our face. Bye Rapana

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Post by edwahu » September 7, 2019, 10:25 pm

LastRaider wrote:
September 7, 2019, 10:00 pm
To be honest, I’m not concerned he is going. More so how we offered $500k a season to stay and he turned us down as he thought he could get more from another club.

It was a fair offer and he shoved it in our face. Bye Rapana
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Post by dubby » September 7, 2019, 10:30 pm

T_R wrote:Bit of a glamour club in Japanese rugby, but located in a complete armpit of a city

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Not being smart, but how do you get a glamour club in an armpit of a city? What city is it anyway?

I thought all Japanese cities would be better then anything we could do, TBH.

Good on him, if he goes. His body seems slightly battered these days, he's 30, and a wing combo of Cotric and Simmonsen is quality anyway.

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Post by woppadingo » September 7, 2019, 11:25 pm

Do you ever consider that maybe these types of stories get leaked to see what the reaction is?
"Ok, so Im not really wanted, maybe I will go".

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Post by greeneyed » September 7, 2019, 11:43 pm

A "glamour rugby union club" is an oxymoron.
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Post by Get back the Ten » September 7, 2019, 11:53 pm

The Raiders should look for a quality winger to replace Rapana
Sivo comes to mind
There are players like oldfield Simonsson or kris who jump straight in


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Post by MrPosh » September 8, 2019, 3:26 am

I think the biggest downside to this is not having Rapana around for Cotric and Simmonsson to learn from.

I don't think he'll be missed too much on the field.

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Post by -PJ- » September 8, 2019, 6:23 am

JordyRapa...

Firstly..id like you hang around.

Second..Thank you for your wonderful service over the past few years. Even through our darkest periods you were sensational, arguably our best player week in week out. Your work from our own end, carrying the ball and of course the silky skills and ability to find the tryline.

NZ representation earned while wearing our jersey..you've been awesome !!

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Post by Sterlk » September 8, 2019, 7:46 am

Everybody here seems to be taking this article as gospel, and that it's a foregone conclusion that he's gone.

I'm still holding out hope that he'll stick around, but now I won't be surprised if he doesn't.
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Post by julian87 » September 8, 2019, 7:53 am

If he goes there, bags some cash and then returns it’s probably the best outcome for him and us.
well, I guess you could say that I'm buy curious.

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Post by T_R » September 8, 2019, 8:55 am

Sterlk wrote:Everybody here seems to be taking this article as gospel, and that it's a foregone conclusion that he's gone.

I'm still holding out hope that he'll stick around, but now I won't be surprised if he doesn't.
I know from gossip that he's been sniffing around just about everywhere for a contract. I'd given up on him staying months ago (and figured he'd be on the Gold Coast or playing for the Reds).

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