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Sunday, 11 November 2018

Raiders lose star winger for half of next season


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Canberra have suffered a major injury blow during an international game for a second year in a row with star Jordan Rapana to undergo shoulder surgery.

The explosive winger won't play in the NRL until at least May 25 after dislocating his shoulder while playing for New Zealand against England last week.

The Raiders are saying he will miss at least six months and have pencilled in a return anytime between rounds 11 and 14.

Back-up halfback Ata Hingano is already in the rehabilitation group after suffering the same injury in Tonga's historic Test against Australia last month.

Canberra were without star hooker Josh Hodgson for more than half of the 2018 campaign after he ruptured his ACL representing England at last year's World Cup.

It left the Raiders short on the field, but also financially as they had to include him in their salary cap.

The club applied to the NRL for salary cap dispensation to sign another player, but the request was knocked back.

Being one of the Raiders' highest paid players, Hodgson's situation forced the NRL into action and changed the rules to allow clubs to apply for salary cap relief for players injured on international duty.

Rapana's fantastic finish

Canberra were almost out of finals contention when Hodgson returned in round 15.

Canberra have suffered a major injury blow during an international game for a second year in a row with star Jordan Rapana to undergo shoulder surgery.

The explosive winger won't play in the NRL until at least May 25 after dislocating his shoulder while playing for New Zealand against England last week.

The Raiders are saying he will miss at least six months and have pencilled in a return anytime between rounds 11 and 14.

Back-up halfback Ata Hingano is already in the rehabilitation group after suffering the same injury in Tonga's historic Test against Australia last month.

Canberra were without star hooker Josh Hodgson for more than half of the 2018 campaign after he ruptured his ACL representing England at last year's World Cup.

It left the Raiders short on the field, but also financially as they had to include him in their salary cap.

The club applied to the NRL for salary cap dispensation to sign another player, but the request was knocked back.

Being one of the Raiders' highest paid players, Hodgson's situation forced the NRL into action and changed the rules to allow clubs to apply for salary cap relief for players injured on international duty.

Rapana's fantastic finish

Canberra were almost out of finals contention when Hodgson returned in round 15.

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