Major coup made by the Toulouse Olympique XIII with the signing of the New-Zealand World Champion, Sam RAPIRA for next season.
Born in Hamilton in New Zealand, the 30-year-old strong prop forward made his professional debut in NRL in 2006 with the New Zealand Warriors.
He stayed at the club until 2015, playing 175 matches in NRL. He was also picked with the Kiwis and won the World Cup in 2008. He has 13 caps up to now.
Last year, SAM RAPIRA joined the Huddersfield Giants, with whom he played 50 games, with 3 matches remaining until the end of the season.
Sam RAPIRA: « I am very excited to begin this new adventure. I look forward to meeting with the team, the staff and all Toulouse Olympique members. I heard only good vibes about the club and the city. I cannot wait to come to Toulouse. »
Bernard SARRAZAIN, TO XIII Chairman: « The TO XIII targets the top 4 in the Kingstone Press Championship for next season and the chance to join Super League in a near future. To reach these goals, we need to attract experimented players as Sam. His experience in the best championships in the World will be important in our quest. He will be a real asset for our team and I am convinced that he will lead the other players. »
First name : Sam – Last name : RAPIRA – Date of birth : 06/04/1987 (30 year-old)
Size : 1m84 – Weight : 99 kg – Position : Prop
Previous clubs: Huddersfield Giants (Super League), New Zealand Warriors (NRL