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Player Steve Rapira

Date of Birth
Dec 17, 1988
Birth Location
Hamilton, New Zealand
  1. 🇳🇿 New Zealand
Height (cm)
183 cm
Weight (kg)
94 kg
  1. Prop
  2. Second Row
Warrior #
NRL Debut Date
Apr 11, 2009
NRL Debut Details
Round 5, North Queensland Cowboys vs Gold Coast Titans at Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville, QLD, Australia
Warriors Debut Date
Jun 4, 2011
Warriors Debut Details
Round 10 vs Sydney Roosters at Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Warriors Years Active
  1. 2011
  2. 2012
  3. 2013
Signed To
Salford Red Devils
Signed From
North Queensland Cowboys
Junior Club/s
Previous Club/s
Waicoa Bay Stallions, North Queensland Cowboys, Salford Red Devils, Mackay Cutters
Rep Honours
  1. Junior Kiwi
Rugby League Project



Steve Rapira (born 17 December 1988) is a New Zealand former professional rugby league footballer. A second-row forward, he previously played in the National Rugby League for the North Queensland Cowboys and New Zealand Warriors, and English club Salford Red Devils of Super League, and is the younger brother of New Zealand international, Sam Rapira.

Rapira played for Hukanui in the Waikato Rugby League competition and the Waicoa Bay Stallions in the Bartercard Cup. Rapira played for the New Zealand Under-16's in 2004 and made the Junior Kiwis in 2005. He became a New Zealand Warriors junior and playing in their inaugural Toyota Cup team. He played for the Junior Warriors 10 times in 2008 and scored two tries.

In 2009 Rapira joined North Queensland Cowboys, playing for the Mackay Cutters in the Queensland Cup. He made his first grade début on 11 April 2010 against the Gold Coast Titans. He was named the club's rookie of the year in 2009.

In 2010 Rapira signed a two-year contract to re-join the New Zealand Warriors for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, with an option on a third year.

He made his Warriors début in Round 13 on 4 June 2011. For the 2012 season Rapira has been "re-modelled" as a prop.

Rapira signed to play in the Super League for English club the Salford Red Devils in 2014.

In 2015, Rapira returned to the Mackay Cutters in the Queensland Cup.


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