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Bega Rooster signs with Manly Sea Eagles

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Bega Roosters fullback Toroa Rapana has been signed by the Manly Sea Eagles.

The 20-year-old known by his teammates as 'T' will join Manly's Jersey Flegg Under 21's squad in 2022.

Roosters Coach, Scott Barton, said it's great to see the young man's hard work pay off, especially given 2021 was his first season playing rugby league after making the move from New Zealand to Australia and making the switch from rugby union.

"Coaching T this year and being the guy who made contact with T to come over here, I'm very proud of him," Barton said. 

"I know the boys and the rest of the club are proud of him," he said.

"We just wish him the best, there's a lot of hard work coming up for him and he'll rise to the challenge and  I look forward to hopefully watching him play in a few games next year for Manly."

The fullback will head to Manly around November to follow his dreams of playing at a higher level. 

Rapana and Shay Gray arrived in Bega from across the ditch on 17 January 2021 and completed pre-season with the Roosters with both players fitting into the club extremely well.

"T has  been a pleasure to coach and has a lot of natural ability," Barton said. 

"A player manager has seen his talents and put it to Manly, and Manly were keen to have him." 

It's a boon for the Roosters to have top tier clubs looking at players in our area.

"It's great for the club that players in our club get recognised," Barton said. 

"Especially our little connection we have back in New Zealand," he continued. 

"All the four boys that have come from NZ to Bega, all of their friends are keeping an eye on them.

"So for the young kids over there, they look at Bega Roosters and think 'yeah we can go to Australia, and can go to the Bega Roosters, and the way that T and the other boys have been looked after and T's been able to develop his game and go on and sign with Manly."

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