Sam Rapira

The New Zealand Warriors confirmed his release a little while ago and Sam Rapira now has a new home, with the veteran forward opting to go overseas.

Rapira’s new club will be English Super League the Huddersfield Giants, in what represents a new challenge for the 28-year old.

Having been a part of the Warriors organisation for so long, he relishes the new challenge with his new team.

“After 10 years at the Vodafone Warriors, I can’t wait for the new challenge of playing English Super League,” said Rapira.

“I decided to sign up with the Giants because I’ve heard positive things about the club and they have shown a lot of enthusiasm in getting me over there.”

Knowing how crucial the game of rugby league is for his career and family was a big factor for Rapira and he sought the advice of current team-mates who are also headed to England.

I’m really grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to working with Paul Anderson and the boys,” said Rapira.

“The thought of moving to the other side of the world with our two daughters is a bit daunting but our friends and family have been supportive throughout this process and we are excited to experience a new country and culture.

We’ve had lots of advice from Sam Tomkins and his partner Charlotte and it’s nice to know that we’ll have a few English friends over there in addition to our Kiwi friends.”

With the need for some forwards next season, Giants coach Paul Anderson believes Rapira is a great player to have come into the club.

“He has played at the very highest level throughout his career and to choose us to spend time with in the UK is great testament to what we have built up over the years here and a clear message of where we want the club to be,” said Anderson.

“Sam is a winner and a tough competitor who will enjoy the conditions here after he has finished his outstanding NRL career. He had options here and in Australia so we are delighted he has joined our club in the face of a lot of other possibilities.

“He is an out and out prop forward and someone who we will look to for the simple but effective and necessary role in getting the side moving forwards and making our middle unit a tough spot to run into.”

By ricky

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