Jordan Rapana Dodges Death

Canberra utility Jordan Rapana is lucky to be alive.

In the 55th minute of the game against St George he suffered a vicious head injury that left his brain unprotected. With his back to his goal -line Rapana attempted to hold back a rampaging Mata’utia. Not only did Mata’utia steamroll over him, but Rapana was left in-gaol clutching at his head.

Rapana’s collision had left him with a fractured skull. Something, surgeons said later, usually only resulting from automobile accidents. Incredibly Rapana got to his feet and played out the rest of the match!

Jordan Rapana. Photo:

Jordan Rapana. Photo:

Only later, when he found the extent of the injury, was he told that any contact to that already injured area could have killed him.

“The surgeon said if I copped another knock to my head, I could have been killed or be brain dead,” Rapana told reporters.

“I was keen to play the following week but the doc said it would have been suicide to play so soon.”

“The doc was shocked it could happen in rugby league, he said most of these injuries happen from car accidents or when you head hits metal. He couldn’t believe it was a head clash, he said he had never seen a fractured skull in football.”

Rapana had only just returned to first grade football following a two-year Mormon mission and a year playing in the Intrust Super Cup with the Souths Logan side. Rapana had impressed in this lower grade and was keen to return to the NRL after having previously played for the Titans.

“I’ll be out for the next six to eight weeks but the docs reckon I’ll be back training by pre-season, which is good.”

Rapana finished by saying, “I can’t believe how hard Peter Matu’atia’s head is … he must be a machine or something.” J

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