He's a big player with a big reputation – and he means business!
After spending his entire Australia NRL career at New Zealand Warriors, the 28-year-old prop has arrived in Huddersfield.
During those 173 appearances with the Warriors, Rapira gaimed 13 Test caps for New Zealand and was part of the Kiwi side that lifted the 2008 World Cup.
Having spent 10 years with the Warriors, his decision to move to the other side of the world and pen a two-year Giants deal was a bold move to make.
But with his good friend and former Warriors teammate Ukuma Ta’ai taking him under his wing, Rapira is confident he’s made the right choice.
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“After 10 years at the Warriors, I really fancied the new challenge of playing in Super League,” said the no-nonsense front-row forward.
“I decided to sign with the Giants as I’d heard positive things about the club and they showed a lot of enthusiasm in getting me over.
“So I’m really grateful for this opportunity and being able to work with Paul Anderson and the boys.
“The thought of moving to the other side of the world with two young daughters was a bit daunting at first.
“But our friends and family have been supportive throughout and it’s so exciting to be experiencing a new country and culture.
“And It definitely helped that everybody was really welcoming from day one, which has definitely made the transition easier.
“There’s no doubt this has been the biggest move for me and my family.
“But it has been great so far and I can’t wait to perform well for the Giants in Super League and hopefully take the club to the next level.”
And with the talent Rapira has seen in the squad, he knows anything is possible, particularly with the quality of homegrown players there are.
“A lot of the team are local and that was one thing that definitely interested me to come here,” added Rapira, who is pictured right joining forces with fellow new recruit Ryan Hinchcliffe to halt a Hull KR raid during the impressive 38-6 trial triumph at the KC Lightstream Stadium.
“The players Huddersfield have are also very talented and the way they play appealed to me, so once the opportunity came up it was an easy decision to make.
“Since my arrival, Paul has given me a lot of confidence, which definitely helps, as the last couple of years I’ve been in and out of playing, so hopefully this year I can stay on the field longer and try work on my weaknesses and turn them into positives.”
“As a front rower I run hard and tackle hard, those are two things that I try and do well.
“Whether I’m starting or coming off the bench, I hope to make an impact for the fans and make sure I go hard from the start to help get the boys going forward.
“I also hope to play consistently well, make my carriers, make my tackles and try to stay as long as possible on the field.
“I’ve been doing the little things off the field which will enable me to play throughout the whole year and hopefully become a fans favourite.
“And I’m sure I’ll have more chance of doing that if we can win something, which I’m sure we can achieve.
“For me personally, if we turn up every week, there is no reason why we can’t come away with some silverware.
“It will take a lot of hard work and time, but there is no reason why we can’t.”