Steve Rapira to join Salford next season

By Tamati Tiananga

Warriors player, Steve Rapira, considered ending his playing career and returning home to Hamilton to find work after on-going injuries caused major setbacks.

Rapira has not played since April because of a serious knee problem, but after talks with his wife, Tarati, he made the decision to join Salford next season, on a two-year English Super League contract.

Rugby league has been his life since a young age, but on-going injuries during his career have caused major setbacks, which have been testing at times, and Rapira openly admits he almost gave up.

However, it was his baby boy, Te Whana, and talks with his wife, Tarati, that changed his mind. Now he's in the process of putting his home up for rent and moving to join the newly-rebranded Salford Red Devils for 2014. 

It's the fresh start Rapira has been looking for, and he's also excited he'll get to play alongside Rangi Chase, Tony Puletua, Junior Sa'u and his childhood idol, Adrian Morley.

The move to England is extra special for Rapira as his dad also spent time there when he trialled for Warrington.

Rapira's support for the club's Breakfast Warriors programme and his overall community efforts have also earned him a nomination for the prestigious Ken Stephen Medal to be awarded at the end of the month.