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.

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“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.”


  1. They should turn to Ian Schubert instead for advice on how to “cook their books”. πŸ“š πŸ”₯ 🍳

  2. The rule itself is fair enough, and it’ll be interesting to see, but who’s out there? What winger is quality enough, unemployed, desperate and doesn’t have two sexual assault cases to his name? I can potentially see a return for Reece Robinson to canberra. He’d be a hit with the fans once again, but he’s well off Rapana standard.

    • Ouch! Were you that quick to jump on SKD sydneyroosta, I wonder? What about Brett Stewart or Ben T’eo?

      Reece Robinson worked wonders for the Roosters I hope you don’t regret letting him go. Generous of you to recommend him to the Raiders though. πŸ˜‰

      • Yeah what SKD did was below standard, Much as it pained me to see it happen, he had to go. It was one of those things where you wish him well but don’t want him around anymore. It was unacceptable for an NRL player, and we punished him accordingly. It’s been great that the Knights have offered him a lifeline. Much like we did ferguson. Much like what happened with Pearce, i’d say it was a ‘dogged’ affair πŸ˜‰

      • Hang on sydneyroosta. SKD was cleared of any wrong doing if I recall. The accusations were false if I remember correctly (which was my point). Which was why it was a little unfair of the Roosters to drop him like a hot potato IMO.

        Just like Mitchell Pearce who wasn’t sacked after his last scandal but dumped for expediency sake so that the Roosters could get Cronk and Tedesco. To Pearce’s credit he has kept his nose clean since then. Btw that isn’t a pun in Pearce’s case as it would have been for Corey Norman. πŸ˜‰

    • This isn’t the English SL where the talent pool is so depleted that we are so desperate for players to offer such ridiculously short-term contracts just like the SL in signing Andrew Johns, Sterlo and others in the past.

      The NRL (albeit poorly run) is the premier RL competition in the world. Unlike following your Bears in the Intrust Super Cup or your “newly adopted” over the cap chooks!

  3. Just a few years ago Penrith lost Mansour for most of the next season to an ACL injury. Training with the Australian team in the UK, during the World Cup.
    Can’t remember them receiving any Salary Cap relief when that occurred.

      • You’d be spot on there Reggie boy. Only time I actually get upset by something in NRL land is when it happens to my Maroon and Golds.

        • Well as your Broncos fall under the protective “NRL expansion umbrella” along with the Storm and the Roosters it shouldn’t be that often that you are exposed to the elements like the rest of us.

          It will be interesting to see if any of the “special treatment” is as a result of the “Bennett factor” which is about the only benefit left for Souths in the coaching exchange. Especially considering the dwindling hopes of getting TPJ and co to follow the old man to Redfern and with the latest talk about Cook following Seibold north.

          Even that small advantage would be the very least of compensation for Souths considering they are clearly on the wrong side of benefiting from this exchange.

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