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Auto Poster Raiders confirm Jordan Rapana needs shoulder surgery, out for six months

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    Jordan Rapana has been ruled out for six months and will undergo surgery this week on his shoulder.


    Kiwis and NRL star winger Jordan Rapana has been ruled out for six months and will undergo surgery this week to repair his dislocated shoulder.

    The New Zealand international sustained the injury playing against England last week and won't be available until at least round 11 next season.

    Rapana has been the Canberra Raiders' leading try-scorer for two of past three seasons and his absence is a major blow for the Green Machine, but they could get some respite from the NRL.


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    The NRL introduced a representative injury rule earlier this year, which allows clubs to sign another player worth up to A$350,000 to replace someone who misses 12 or more NRL games because of a representative fixture injury.

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    But it means if Rapana comes back on time he'll fall one game short of the rule and Canberra will miss one of their best players for almost half the season, without compensation, for the second straight year.


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    The NRL now allows clubs to sign another player worth up to $350,000 to replace someone who misses 12 or more NRL games.


    It has effectively been dubbed the "Josh Hodgson rule" after the Raiders rake ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament while playing for England at the World Cup last year.

    He missed 15 weeks of the Raiders' season and left a gaping hole in the Green Machine squad, prompting NRL club chief executives to agree to a salary cap relief proposal for anyone injured during international, State of Origin or All Stars matches.

    Rapana joins hooker Ata Hingano on the long-term injury list after he also injured his shoulder playing internationally.

    Hingano was hurt playing for Tonga and is expected to miss the first six games of the 2019 season.

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