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
1986–1990 Warrington Wolves
1988–1989 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
1982–1987 Auckland
New Zealand Māori
1983–1986 New Zealand 9 3 3 0 18
Source: RLP

Joe Ropati is a New Zealand rugby league player who represented his country in nine 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.

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.

Ropati played in nine 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 centre, i.e. number 3, and scored a try in Warrington's 24-16 victory over Oldham in the 1989 Lancashire Cup final during the 1989–90 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Saturday 14 October 1989.

Ropati played centre, i.e. number 4, in Warrington's 4-18 defeat by Wigan in the 1986–87 John Player Special Trophy final during the 1986–87 season at Burnden Park, Bolton on Saturday 10 January 1987.[5]

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


  1. ^ ROPATI, JOSEPH 1983, 1985 - 87 - KIWI #572
  2. ^ Rattue, Chris (29 May 1999). "Rugby: Ropati finds new field of dreams". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  3. ^ John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. p. 216. ISBN 978-1-86969-331-2. ISBN 1-86969-331-0. 
  4. ^ Otahuhu Rovers Rugby League Football and Sports Club Inc Auckland Rugby League
  5. ^ "10th January 1987: Warrington 4 Wigan 18 (John Player Trophy Final)". 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.