Aaron Raper

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Playing Career

Vital Statistics

Born
Wednesday, 28th July, 1971
Current Age
52 years and 307 days
Place Of Birth
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Known Family Links

Brother
Stuart Raper
Father
John Raper
Uncle
Ron Raper
Maurie Raper
Gerard Raper
Peter Raper

Biography

The career of former Cronulla hooker Aaron Raper’s career was affected by both injury and the Super League war. The son of League great John Raper represented City in 1993 but his career was put on hold because of a mystery blood disorder in 1994. Raper made a timely recovery to lead the way in the club's reserve grade grand final victory but the following year, he stayed loyal to the ARL while his club signed with Super League. He was then the centre of two controversies at rep level - the first when chosen as a reserve for NSW but was not used in the match by coach Tom Raudonikis. Raper was then denied Test selection in 1995 following the suspension of incumbent Test hooker Wayne Bartrim. Raper was originally the selectors’ preferred choice but coach Bob Fulton opted for 1995 Kangaroo rake Jim Serdaris instead. The talented hooker and his father John (who was a selector) handled the situation gracefully, and Raper was rewarded with selection in Australia’s World Cup squad at year’s end. His one Test appearance during competition was against South Africa. Raper played with P’matta in 1996 and despite being released in 1997, stayed with the club and fought his way back into the top grade. After playing in the Eels’ loss to C’bury in the 1998 premiership final, Raper left Australia to play for Castleford in England. 2002 saw Raper return to Australia as captain-coach of Taree Old Barr in the Group 3 competition.
- ALAN WHITICKER

Playing Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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Competitions

Competition   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSWRL/ARL/NRL Premiership 97 11 -   - 44 50 44 3 51.55% List
Challenge Cup AU 2 1 -   - 4 1 1 0 50.00% List
NSWRL/ARL/NRL Finals 7 - -   - - 2 5 0 28.57% List
World Cup 1 1 -   - 4 1 0 0 100.00% List
City vs Country 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Challenge Cup 7 3 -   - 12 4 3 0 57.14% List
Super League 52 4 2   1 21 33 17 2 63.46% List
Super League Finals 3 - -   1 1 2 1 0 66.67% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1995 1 1 -   - 4 1 0 0 100.00% List

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1995 1 1 -   - 4 1 0 0 100.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW City 1996 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List


Club Career

NSWRL/ARL/NRL Premiership - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Cronulla NSWRL 1990 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Cronulla NSWRL 1992 21 2 -   - 8 8 13 0 38.10% List
Cronulla NSWRL 1993 17 1 -   - 4 8 9 0 47.06% List
Cronulla ARL 1995 18 4 -   - 16 12 6 0 66.67% List
Parramatta ARL 1996 10 1 -   - 4 4 5 1 40.00% List
Parramatta ARL 1997 16 1 -   - 4 8 7 1 50.00% List
Parramatta NRL 1998 14 2 -   - 8 10 3 1 71.43% List

NSWRL/ARL/NRL Premiership - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Cronulla 1990, 1992-93, 1995 57 7 -   - 28 28 29 0 49.12% List
Parramatta 1996-98 40 4 -   - 16 22 15 3 55.00% List
Overall1990-1998 97 11 0   0 44 50 44 3 51.55% List

English Career - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Castleford 1999 31 4 2   1 22 22 10 2 70.97% List
Castleford 2000 19 3 -   - 12 13 6 0 68.42% List
Castleford 2001 9 - -   - - 4 5 0 44.44% List

English Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Castleford 1999-01 59 7 2   1 34 37 20 2 62.71% List

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Contributions: Rugby League Tables, Andrew Ferguson, Shawn Dollin, AJ Lucantonio, Alan Katzmann, Greg Fiveash, Steven Russo, Max Turner, Bill Bates

Sources: David Middleton's Rugby League Yearbook (1987-88 to present), Richard Bailey's Rugby League World