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LDS Australian rugby star chooses service to God over fame and wealth

Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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Click here to listen to an audio interview with Will Hopoate on ABC News Australia.

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Will Hopoate of the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles is tackled during the an April match in Sydney. Hopoate recently announced his decision to leave rugby for two years to serve an LDS mission.

Will Hopoate is a 19-year-old Australian rugby star with a bright future. Some sports commentators consider him the brightest star the professional rugby league has to offer. Currently playing fullback for the Manly-Warrinagh Sea Eagles, Hopoate becomes a free agent next year and has already received an offer that would make him a millionaire. Will is also LDS and has a strong desire to serve God. He recently announced he was turning down all offers to play professional rugby in order to serve two years as a missionary for his Church.