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 New Zealand Kiwis
Next Game: The Season has finished
Tapine shrugs off World Cup injury scare
18 Jan 2018
Kiwis pair Joseph Tapine and Jordan Rapana were among the last remaining players to return to Canberra Raiders pre-season training this week.

Canberra powerhouse Joseph Tapine has declared himself ready to go for the club's NRL trials after recovering from an injury scare in last year's World Cup.

Tapine admitting being anxious about a knee injury that required a painkilling injection to finish New Zealand's unsuccessful campaign.

However the Raiders forward on Wednesday said he rejoined full training this week.

"I've been training full, no problems there. All the running's fine. Still feels a bit weak sometimes in weights, but I'm not the strongest bloke in the gym so it doesn't really worry me," he said.

"I was worried because I've never really had any injuries so I didn't know what was wrong with it at the time. Luckily it was alright, they injected it and I was back out there."

Tapine and Kiwis teammate Jordan Rapana were among the remaining Raiders to re-unite with the playing group this week following their mandatory six-week break.

Rapana revealed he had spent the past week in the team's "fat club" after failing a number of targets that resulted in some additional fitness sessions.

"I'm in there with Elliott (Whitehead). I shouldn't be in there too much longer though. I just missed out on getting out but I've got testing again on Friday," Rapana said.

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart was forced to confront Samoan trio Junior Paulo, Josh Papalii and Joey Leilua last December after they had returned from World Cup duties overweight.

All three are understood to have since come back to near playing weight for the new year.

"Myself, (Tapine) and a few of the English and Samoan boys, we're grown men and we knew that we were getting a longer break," Rapana said.

"So we did have to look after our bodies and not come back in terrible shape.

"I felt as though I always looked after myself as well as I could've. But that week I had last week has put my fitness back up and my body feels good."

Rapana also conceded the team had a point to prove in 2018 after missing out on last year's finals despite being among the competition favourites at the start of the season.

The Raiders fell two wins short of the top eight.

"Everyone's determined. We want to win that premiership. Last year wasn't our best season but the boys ... want to go out and prove a point this year," he said.

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Last Game: The Kiwis lost against the Australia Roo's 10 - 28 at WestpacTrust Stadium, New Zealand (6040 days ago)  game results here
 New Zealand Kiwis Season 0 Stats (All games)
 Total Games Played
 Away Games
    Away Wins 0 
 Home Games
    Home Wins
 Total Tries:
 Total Goals:
 Total Field Goals:
 Total Points For:
 Total Points Against:
 Leagues the New Zealand Kiwis are in
1998 International Test Series - Australia, 1998 International Test Series - Great Britain, 1999 Anzac Test - Australia vs New Zealand, 1999 International Tri-Series, 1999 International Test - Tonga, 1999 International Tri-Series, 2000 Anzac Test - Australia vs New Zealand, 2000 World Cup - Group 2, 2000 World Cup - Quarter Finals, 2000 World Cup - Semi Finals, 2000 World Cup - Final, 2001 France tour of New Zealand, 2001 International Test Series - Australia, 2002 KENO Test - Australia vs New Zealand,

 Players in 2001
Ali Lauitiiti, C Smith, Clinton Toopi, David Solomona, David Vaealiki, Francis Meli, Henry Faafili, Henry Paul, Henry Perenara, Jerry Seuseu, Logan Swann, Matt Rua, Monty Betham, Motu Tony, Nathan Cayless, Nigel Vagana, Richard Swain, Robert Paul, Ruben Wiki, Stacey Jones, Stephen Kearney, Tesesa Lavea, Willie Talau,

 Players in 2000
Brian Jellick, Craig Smith, Craig Smith, David Kidwell, Jason Lowrie, Joe Vagana, Lesley Vainikolo, Quentin Pongia, Richard Barnett, Richie Blackmore, Tasesa Lavea, Tonie Carroll, Tony Puletua, Tyran Smith,

 Players in 1999
Gene Ngamu, Jarrard McCracken, Jason Lowrie, Sean Hoppe, Terry Hermannson,

 Players in 1998
Daryl Halligan, Joe Galuvao, John Lomax, Kevin Iro, Matthew Ridge, Syd Eru, Tony Iro,
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Last Results

Friday, 13 Jul, 2001
Australia 28
New Zealand 10

Sunday, 10 Jun, 2001
New Zealand 36
France 0

Sunday, 26 Nov, 2000
World Cup Final
Australia 40
New Zealand 12

Sunday, 19 Nov, 2000
World Cup Semi
New Zealand 49
England 6

Monday, 13 Nov, 2000
World Cup Qtr
New Zealand 54
France 6

Monday, 6 Nov, 2000
New Zealand 58
Wales 18

Friday, 3 Nov, 2000
New Zealand 84
Cook Islands 10

Monday, 30 Oct, 2000
New Zealand 64
Lebanon 0

Friday, 21 Apr, 2000
Australia 52
New Zealand 0

Friday, 5 Nov, 1999
Australia 22
New Zealand 20

Round 1
November 12nd - 13rd
Pos  Team Name  P
 1   Australia   2 
 2   New Zealand   2 
 3   Wales   2 
 4   England   2 
 5   Ireland   0 
 6   PNG   0 
 7   France   0 
 8   Samoa   0 
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