9 May 1992 |
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||90 kg (14 st 2 lb)|
|Position||Fullback, Wing, Centre|
|2011–14||New South Wales||2||1||0||0||4|
Will Hopoate also known as Viliami in Tonga (born 9 May 1992) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Parramatta Eels of the NRL. A New South Wales State of Origin three-quarter back, he has also represented NSW City. He attended Cromer Campus and represented Australian Schoolboys rugby league team. He is the son of former Australian international, John Hopoate.
Rugby league career
2010-11: Career with Manly
Despite a season-ending injury to Manly 1st-grade fullback Brett Stewart in Round 1 of the 2010 NRL season, Hopoate had to wait until Round 13 to make his debut as coach Des Hasler preferred to use Ben Farrar in the custodian role.
William Hopoate is the son of former Manly player John Hopoate, though other than his physical size, speed, strength and general play, he has shown none of the "bad boy" habits which saw his father often on the sidelines through suspension. Hopoate also represented the Australian Schoolboys team.
In Round 3 of the 2011 NRL season, William Hopoate scored his first ever double against the Newcastle Knights at Brookvale Oval. Hopoate was part of the Manly side that defeated the New Zealand Warriors in the 2011 NRL Grand Final where he was denied the opening try but did produce a miracle flick pass that sent Glenn Stewart over the line for a crucial try in the second half.
2014-present: Career with Parramatta
Will is Australian-born and his parents are Tongan. His father predominately represented Tonga, and also played for Australia on two occasions. On 5 June 2011 Hopoate was selected to play State of Origin for New South Wales in Game 2 against Queensland at ANZ Stadium. He is the second youngest player behind Brad Fittler ever selected to play for NSW and he scored a try on debut helping NSW level the 3 game series at one all with an 18-8 win.
Outside of rugby league, the Hopoate family is one with strong religious beliefs. As such Hopoate forsook his early league career and spent 2012 and 2013 serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), following in the footsteps of fellow league player Lagi Setu.
- AAP (16 June 2011). "Will Hopoate set to miss State of Origin decider". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
- Lane, Daniel (22 June 2011). "Battle of Will: clubs all want a piece of Hoppa, says agent". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
- "Young star leaving NRL for Mormon mission". The New Zealand Herald. Newstalk ZB. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
- Hopoate up to it sportal.com.au, 18 March 2010
- He’s Will and able The Manly Daily, 27 April 2009
- Hasler: No Stewart, no worries sportal.com.au, 17 March 2010
- Official biography Manly Warringah Sea Eagles