Say the name Hopoate and old school Rugby League fans will all firmly clench their butt cheeks, remembering back to the days of the Tonga-born player famous for THAT incident.
A former player with Manly, Tigers and the now defunct Northern Eagles, Hopoate is also remembered for being the game’s most suspended player. Winner.
Fast forward a couple of decades and the name Hopoate conjurers up a whole different, much cleaner-cut image.
John Hopoate’s son Will is a 23-year-old NRL star now with the Canterbury Bulldogs after earlier stints with Manly and the Eels.
He’s also made an appearance in the State of Origin, but his record on the field has a gap bigger than the space between now and the Blue-and-Gold Parramatta club’s last Premiership win.
Young Hopoate went on a mission, literally, dedicating himself to his Mormon faith.
Now he’s in the news again with Doggies’ coach Des Hasler giving him permission to skip Sunday games, and rumours he would choose God over the game even if his club made the coveted Grand Final in October.
It’ll surprise you how many Mormons are kicking about in the world of sport and on the red carpet with plenty of big name celebrities happy to own up to being boring AF. No coffee, no drinking, no smoking, no sex before marriage. #Snore
But what will wake you up is the hot Mormons we’ve uncovered for our Poll Of The Week. It’s snowboarding superstar Torah Bright up against the sexy Katherine Heigl who we’re happy to “punish” for not practicing the faith like she did in her youth.
It’s an athlete vs actress poll deserving of an Olympic Medal or Oscar, so who would you most like to go door knocking with? #ConvertMe