28 May 2014

Injury forces Ropati retirement

5:12 pm on 28 May 2014

The Warriors centre Jerome Ropati has announced his retirement after an injury-plagued end to his 12-year National Rugby League career.

The 29-year-old has had his last four seasons severely restricted by injuries, the last a broken jaw in what has proved to be his 145th and final game against the Tigers in March.

In the past three and a half seasons he has been able to play just 18 NRL games.

The chief executive, Wayne Scurrah, says Ropati will take up a role as a club ambassador for the rest of the season with plans to consider a full-time position beyond this year.

Ropati says it's the right time for me to look ahead, to consider his family and hispost-playing career.

He says his body's telling him it's time to move on after countless injuries and 15 operations.