|Rapira playing for New Zealand in 2008|
|Nickname||Big Sammy, Raps|
8 April 1987 |
Hamilton, New Zealand
|As of 14 June 2011|
Sam Rapira (born 8 April 1987 in Hamilton, New Zealand) is a New Zealand rugby league player who currently plays in the National Rugby League for the New Zealand Warriors. His usual position of choice is at prop-forward. He was part of the New Zealand Kiwis side that won the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.
Rapira made his debut for the Warriors in 2006 against the Wests Tigers. In 2007 he played in all 26 games for the club. In 2011 Rapira extended his contract with the club until the end of the 2014 season.
He made his international debut for the Kiwis in 2007, playing in the 2007 Anzac Test against Australia.
In August 2008, Rapira was named in the New Zealand training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, and in October 2008, he was named in the final 24-man Kiwi squad. He was part of the team that won the World Cup Final.
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