Tangi Ropati

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Tangi Ropati
Tangi Ropati New Zealand Warriors.jpg
Personal information
Nickname The Night Train
Born (1984-11-15) 15 November 1984 (age 33)
New Zealand
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 98 kg (15 st 6 lb)
Playing information
Position Fullback, Wing, Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009–10 Sheffield Eagles 50 27 14 0 136
2011 Widnes Vikings 20 7 1 0 30
2012 Featherstone Rovers 16 16 0 0 64
Total 86 50 15 0 230
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–08 Samoa 7 0 0 0 0
As of 13 November 2014
Source: [1][2]

Tangi Ropati (born November 15, 1984) is a former Samoan international rugby league player who plays for the Marist Saints in the Fox Memorial. He usually plays at Centre or Full Back.


Ropati was born in New Zealand.

Playing career[edit]

Ropati played for the Marist Richmond Brothers in the 2004 Bartercard Cup.

Ropati was signed by the Sheffield Eagles in 2009 after they spotted him in the 2008 World Cup.

Ropati joined Widnes Vikings in the 2010 close season along with Chaz I'Anson, Steve Tyrer and Macgraff Leuluai as the Vikings prepared for Super League.

Ropati was released from Widnes and in 2012 joined Championship winners Featherstone Rovers.

Featherstone Rovers[edit]

Ropati became a crowd favourite amongst the Featherstone fans, mainly due to his bullocking runs down the right hand side.[citation needed] He further cemented this adoration by scoring the opening try for Rovers against arch rivals Castleford Tigers in the Challenge Cup 4th Round tie on Saturday, 14 April 2012.[3]

Return to New Zealand[edit]

In 2013 he was contracted to the Auckland Vulcans in the NSW Cup.[4]

In 2014 he played for the Marist Saints in the Auckland Rugby League competition and the Akarana Falcons in the NZRL National Competition.[5][6]

Representative career[edit]

Ropati played one game for Samoa in the 2008 World Cup.

In 2009 he was named as part of the Samoan side for the Pacific Cup.[7]


  1. ^ loverugbyleague
  2. ^ Tangi Ropati rugbyleagueproject.org
  3. ^ Callow, James (2008-12-29). "Sheffield Eagles land Samoa star Ropati". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  4. ^ 2013 Squad aucklandvulcans.co.nz
  5. ^ Team Lists Round 13 - July 5 aucklandleague.co.nz
  6. ^ Odds stacked against Falcons nzrl.co.nz, 21 August 2014
  7. ^ Poching names strong Samoan squad therhinos.co.uk, 6 October 2009

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