NRL: Canberra Raiders’ Joe Tapine ready for ‘mean match-up’ against Tonga, as ’emotional’ family reunion nears

NRL: Canberra Raiders' Joe Tapine ready for 'mean match-up' against Tonga, as 'emotional' family reunion nears

The Canberra Times

Putting on the New Zealand jersey is always a special occasion for Joe Tapine, but in the upcoming Test against Tonga in Auckland on Saturday that moment will be even more significant.

Tapine was buzzing after the Raiders’ 20-18 win over Newcastle on Sunday, not just because of yet another dominant and inspirational performance for his side, but also because he is now set to be reunited with family he hasn’t seen in years.

“I’ve been waiting for this for a while and going back to New Zealand,…

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