Tea Ropati is a former New Zealand rugby league player.
Tea is a member of the large Ropati rugby league family that includes fellow league player Iva Ropati, union player Romi Ropati and SKY league commentator Peter Ropati.
He started his career with the Newcastle Knights before moving to England. Playing for St Helens RFC he made a name for himself as a Centre/Five Eighth who kicked goals. He won the 1992/3 British First Division player of the year.
In 1995 he returned home to join the new Auckland Warriors in the First Australian Rugby League premiership. He stayed with the Warriors for four seasons before retiring.
He also represented the New Zealand Kiwis and Western Samoa at the 1995 Rugby League World Cup.
Tea has previously participated in the charity boxing event Fight for Life on several occasions.
On 21 January 2008
Ropati began a trial in Auckland on charges of rape and unlawful sexual connection, to which he pleaded not guilty. On 31 January 2008
a jury found him not guilty on all six charges.