SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 20: Jordan Rapana of the Raiders looks dejected after defeat during the round 19 NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Canberra Raiders at Southern Cross Group Stadium on July 20, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Canberra will formally ask for compensation from the NRL next week, after star winger Jordan Rapana underwent shoulder surgery last Thursday.

Rapana suffered a dislocated shoulder against England in their Test two weeks ago, and will now miss at least the opening 10 rounds of the 2019 season.

The Raiders will put a formal submission to the NRL according to the Sydney Morning Herald, and will ask for salary cap relief.

The Raiders could receive some cap relief courtesy of the ‘Josh Hodgson rule’, after the Raiders lost Hodgson for the first 14 rounds of the 2018 season following an injury he sustained in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Canberra will also miss Ata Hingano for the start of next season, although they won’t be making a submission to the NRL for cap relief for the five-eighth.

“[Rapana] only got operated on last night so we’ll have to see what the surgeon says and hopefully lodge something next week,” Furner told SMH on Friday.

“Our doctor will get a report from the surgeon and put his reports together and then we’ll send it to the NRL next week and see how we go.

“I don’t know [how much relief we could get] until we put the application in and they come back and assess it based it on his wage.

“The reality is there’s really no outside backs around for that value anyway. It’d be maybe guys getting squeezed out.

“I won’t know any of that until I do the application and get some feedback from the NRL.”

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