Will Hopoate

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Will Hopoate, Mormon Aussie rugby star

William Hopoate is an Aussie rugby star and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon Church. In summer of 2011, Hopoate stunned his fans and associates with the news that he would interrupt his career to serve a full-time mission for the LDS Church. [1] He was set to report for his mission the day after the NRL grand final.

Hopoate is a 19-year-old Blues center, and not even the lure of a NSW Origin jersey could tempt him to change his mind.

"Manly under-20s coach David Penna, who has coached Will since 2008, also believes he can still have a successful career when he returns. 'People might think it is a big step up for him in State of Origin but I think he will surprise a lot of people,' Penna said."

Hopoate was born 9 May 1992. He primarily plays at fullback but also plays on the wing. His father was also a champion rugby player. Will is currently contracted to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. By interrupting his career to serve a Mormon mission, he follows in the footsteps of fellow league player Lagi Setu (Wikipedia).