Huddersfield recruit World Cup winner Rapira

World Cup winner Sam Rapira is to swap New Zealand Warriors for Huddersfield Giants ahead of the 2016 Super League season.

Huddersfield Giants have announced the signing of New Zealand Warriors prop Sam Rapira on a two-year contract.

The 28-year-old, who won the 2008 Rugby League World Cup with New Zealand, is set to arrive at the John Smith's Stadium ahead of the 2016 season.

"After 10 years at the Vodafone Warriors, I can't wait for the new challenge of playing English Super League," he said. "I decided to sign up with the Giants because I've heard positive things about the club and they have shown a lot of enthusiasm in getting me over there.

"I'm really grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to working with [head coach] Paul Anderson and the boys.

"The thought of moving to the other side of the world with our two daughters is a bit daunting but our friends and family have been supportive throughout this process and we are excited to experience a new country and culture."

Anderson added: "He has played at the very highest level throughout his career and to choose us to spend time with in the UK is great testament to what we have built up over the years here and a clear message of where we want the club to be. 

"He had options here and in Australia, so we are delighted he has joined our club in the face of a lot of other possibilities."