Super League: Steve Rapira given compassionate leave by Salford Red Devils
Last Updated: 26/08/14 5:12pm
Salford Red Devils forward Steve Rapira has returned to New Zealand on compassionate leave.
The 25-year-old forward, who joined on a two-year contract from New Zealand Warriors last September, has been an ever-present since Iestyn Harris took over as head coach in April.
He will miss Sunday's Super League game at Wakefield after flying home but is hoping to return before the end of the season.
At the moment he is planning to return.
Vickers on Rapira
"We will keep in further discussions with Steve ," said Salford chief executive Martin Vickers. "At the moment he is planning to return."
Vickers also confirmed that Australian scrum-half Tim Smith, who made his Red Devils debut against Wakefield in February, will be free to face his parent club on Sunday.
Smith, who is under contract with Salford next season, rejoined the Wildcats on loan in June and the Yorkshire club are hoping to make the move permanent.