Joe Ropati

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Joe Ropati
Personal information
Full name Joseph Ropati[1]
Born New Zealand
Playing information
Position Wing, Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Otahuhu Leopards
1986–90 Warrington
1988–89 Manly Sea Eagles 21 1 0 0 4
1991 Mangere East Hawks
Total 21 1 0 0 4
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1982–87 Auckland
New Zealand Māori
1983–86 New Zealand 13 3 3 0 18
Source: RLP

Joe Ropati is a New Zealand rugby league player who represented his country in thirteen Test Matches, including in games that counted towards the 1988 World Cup. Ropati is part of a large rugby league family that includes internationals Iva, Peter, Tea and rugby union international Romi.[2] Joe, Tea and Iva are the only set of three brothers to play tests for the Kiwis.

Joe currently lives in Auckland and is married to wife Kim. They have two daughters Mallory and Jessica.

Playing career[edit]

Ropati began his career playing in the Auckland Rugby League competition for the Otahuhu Leopards. Between 1982 and 1985 Ropati represented Auckland and also represented New Zealand Māori.[3][4] In 1983 Ropati won the ARL's award for the most improved back and in 1985 he won the Tetley Trophy as the leading try scorer.

He toured the United Kingdom in 1983 with the New Zealand Māori side.[5]

Ropati played in thirteen test matches for the New Zealand Kiwis between 1983 and 1986.

In 1986 Ropati moved to England, joining the Warrington Wolves. He stayed with the Wolves for four seasons.

Ropati played in Warrington's 4-18 defeat by Wigan in the 1986–87 Regal Trophy|John Player Special Trophy Final during the 1986–87 season at Burnden Park, Bolton on Saturday 10 January 1987.[6]

Ropati played Centre and scored a try in Warrington's 24-16 victory over Oldham in the 1989 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1989–90 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Saturday 14 October 1989.

Ropati also played for the Manly Sea Eagles for two seasons, playing in 21 first grade matches.