Rapana makes cut for Kiwis squad

Tuesday May 02, 2017 Written by Published in League

Cook Islander Jordan Rapana has been named in the Kiwis squad to take on the Kangaroos on Thursday’s Anzac Test in Canberra, Australia.

 

Rapana, who made his debut for the New Zealand national side last year, scored three tries in the four matches that he played for the Kiwis.

He featured for the Kukis between 2013 and 2015, playing three Test matches.

The Canberra Raiders player had earlier played for the New Zealand Maori team.

Meanwhile, experienced trio Simon Mannering, Kieran Foran and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will make a return for the Kiwis on Thursday.

Mannering, a former Kiwis captain, and New Zealand Warriors teammate Tuivasa-Sheck missed all representative matches last year due to injury while Foran was unavailable for selection.

“First of all, all three of them bring a lot of mana to our group and that’s hugely important,” Kiwis coach David Kidwell said of the trio.

“Simon’s experience in any squad is invaluable, he’s been a leader in our side for a long time, so it’s fantastic to have him fit and ready. Kieran’s been playing some good footy this year and his combination with Shaun Johnson and Roger at the back is certainly benefiting from the more time they all spend together too.”

            - RK/NRL.com

Kiwis squad

 Adam Blair, Jesse Bromwich, Kenny Bromwich, Kieran Foran, David Fusitu’a, Shaun Johnson, Jordan Kahu, Issac Luke, Simon Mannering, Kodi Nikorima, Russell Packer, Kevin Proctor, Jordan Rapana, Brandon Smith, Jason Taumalolo, Martin Taupau, Elijah Taylor, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Dean Whare.

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