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John Hopoate
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Personal information
Date of birth 16 January 1974
Place of birth Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Height 6 ft 0 in (182 cm)
Nickname Hoppa, Stinkfist
Position Wing
Professional clubs*
1993 - 2005 Wests/Manly 56 (33)
National team
1995 Australia 4 (3)

* Professional club appearances and (tries)
counted for the domestic league only.
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John Hopoate (born 16 January 1974 in Nuku'alofa, Tonga) was a rugby league player for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Wests Tigers and the Northern Eagles in the National Rugby League competition. He has also played for the Australian national team as well as the New South Wales State of Origin side. His position of choice for the vast majority of his career was at wing. January 16 is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Busy Talamahu market in Nukualofa Nukualofa, population 22400 (1996), is the capital of Tonga. ... Rugby league football (often shortened to rugby league) is a full-contact team sport played with a prolate spheroid-shaped ball by two teams of thirteen on a rectangular grass field. ... The Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles are an Australian professional Rugby League club in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier League competition in Australasia. ... The Wests Tigers are an Australian professional rugby league football team in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league football competition in Australasia. ... The Northern Eagles were a short-lived Rugby League team, formed during the rationalisation of the National Rugby League by the merger of the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and the North Sydney Bears, in 2000. ... The National Rugby League (NRL) is the top league of professional rugby league football clubs in Australasia. ... The New South Wales Rugby League team represent New South Wales annually in the Rugby League State of Origin competition. ... Players are selected to play for the state in which they played their first senior football, hence the name state of origin. Prior to 1980 players were selected for interstate matches on the basis of where they were playing their club football at the time. ... A typical rugby league team consists of thirteen players on the field plus four substitutes on the bench. ...


He was originally born in Tonga, but along with his family moved to Australia while he was still young where he originally took up the game of rugby league. Hopoate began his professional career with the Manly-Warringah side while he was only nineteen years of age but did not play as a regular first grade player until two years later in 1995 where Hopoate showed his freakish ability to score a try crossing the line a total of twenty-one times finishing second in the top try scoring table to team-mate Steve Menzies. A long and promising career looked to be on the books for John but after many controversies on the playing field his reputation became greatly tarnished and his career continued on a down hill slide seeing him become the "most suspended player of the modern era"[1]. A final dissension in 2005 led to him being sacked and forced to retire from playing any longer; he has now become a professional boxer. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Steven Menzies (born December 4, 1973 in Manly, Sydney, New South Wales) is a Australian rugby league player in the National Rugby League. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Retirement is the status of a worker who has stopped working. ... Professional boxing bout featuring Ricardo Domínguez (left, throwing a left uppercut) versus Rafael Ortiz Boxing, also referred to as prizefighting, the noble art, the sweet science, and pugilism is a combat sport in which two participants of similar weight fight each other with their fists in a series of...

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Childhood and early career

After moving with his family to Australia early on in his life he originally lived and grew up in the Manly area before moving to the western suburbs as a teenager. Former Australian international Bob Fulton recruited Hopoate to his former club at Manly after remembering his skill and power while witnessing him play as a junior for his Manly Cove side before then going on to represent the under nineteen New South Wales side. Australian national rugby league captain Robert (Bob) Fulton AM (born 1947 in Warrington, England) was an English-Australian rugby league player of the 1960s and 1970s. ...


Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles (1995-1999)

Hopoate signed for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles club in 1993 making his first grade debut against the Canberra Raiders at Brookvale Oval June 6 the same year, however he was in and out of the first grade side on a regular basis during the next two years, not holding down a regular position until 1995. His early season form in 1995 was sublime as he went on to score eleven tries from his first eleven first grade appearances and subsequently lead the try scoring table. Over the remaining rounds of the 1995 regular rugby league season John went on to score a total of twenty-one tries and became instrumental in Manly's good form leading into the finals series with the club but his raw talent was not enough to help the Manly side to a grand final victory as they eventually lost to Canterbury. The Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles are an Australian professional Rugby League club in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier League competition in Australasia. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The Canberra Raiders are an Australian professional rugby league football team based in the city of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. ... Brookvale Oval is a sporting ground located at Brookvale, New South Wales, Australia. ... June 6 is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Canterbury Leagues Club, Belmore The Bulldogs (formerly Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs) are a team in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league football competition in Australia. ...


His fourth season at the club was one where Hopoate was again instrumental in his teams fortunes, while he began the season slowly in comparison to his previous year with only five tries over the first twenty rounds of the season his defence had improved immensely; helping his side to concede less tries down his side of the field. He went on to score another six tries for the season including a haul of four in one game against the South Sydney Rabbitohs and ultimately help his Manly side to their first premiership in over eight years.


In the 1997 season he again started the season off slowly on the try scoring front with only another two tries in twelve appearances for the club before turning his fortunes around in round twelve match against the St. George Dragons where he scored three tries before continuing his form from then on bagging eight in his next six games and a total of fifteen for the season. After making his third grand final appearance for the club in as many years Hopoate started off well by scoring the opening try of the match before continuing to bait Newcastle fullback Robbie O'Davis by repeatedly patting him on the head. However, his antics would prove to backfire after a fired up O'Davis helped his Newcastle side to their first premiership after scoring two tries and earning man of the match honours.


The following two years began a downward spiral for John after an average season in 1998 finishing with his lowest tally of tries ever in a season he had hoped for a change of fortune in 1999 but failed to find it. After turning up intoxicated to a club training session early on in the season the club considered sacking him until opposition from his team mates pleaded with the club to heavily punish him rather than terminating his contract. He went on to make a handful of appearances for the club in 1999 before deciding to leave the club at the end of the year.


Controversy

After turning up to a team training session early in the 1999 season heavily intoxicated his coach ordered him to miss the session and his behaviour was reported to the club hierarchy. The club then strongly considered sacking him but after opposition from his team mates to this idea he was heavily fined and dropped to reserve grade for eight games and forced to undertake counselling.


Wests Tigers

Signing for the newly formed Wests Tigers in 2000 Hopoate brought not only his talent but copious amounts of experience to his new club, however his fortunes on the field didn't change and he could only find the try line a total of five times during the season. While his on the field form failed to change his bad press did the opposite as he was suspended several times during the season including being charged with 'contrary conduct' in a late season fixture against Melbourne over ten separate incidents in the one game.


2001 became the low point of Hopoate's career, he again began the season poorly scoring only one try in several appearances before causing international headlines after a regular season game against the North Queensland Cowboys where Hopoate had been inserting his fingers into the backsides of several players, allegedly in an attempt to unsettle and upset his opposition[2]. After a long NRL judiciary case John was suspended for twelve weeks and then mutually agreed to part ways with the Tigers club.


Controversy

During a 2001 clash with the North Queensland Cowboys, Hopoate, in an attempt to unsettle several of his opponents, attempted to insert his fingers in three players' anuses, the first occurring during the seventh minute of play. At the conclusion of the match the matter was immediately referred to the rugby league judiciary where a case was put forward from both sides on March 28. March 28 is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

2001 incident.

Hopoate claimed in front of the panel of judges that he was simply attempting to give all three players "a wedgie"[3] with his fingers, denying he had done anything wrong and that he was "a great believer in what happens on the field should stay there"[4]. Image File history File links Hopoate_incident_2001. ... Image File history File links Hopoate_incident_2001. ...


The three victims in the case, Cowboys players Glenn Morrison, Peter Jones and Paul Bowman all disagreed with the reasoning put forward by Hopoate and his team with Jones stating "It wasn't a wedgie. That's when your pants are pulled up your arse. I think I know the difference between a wedgie and someone sticking their finger up my bum"[5] and Bowman saying that he was "disgusted" and "couldn't believe it"[6].


With video footage and all three men testifying against Hopoate, the panel handed him a twelve week ban with judiciary commissioner Jim Hall adding that in his forty-five years he had "never come across a more disgusting allegation than I've had to deal with now"[7].


John was often referred to as John StopaFarty by rugby league fans after this incident.


Northern Eagles

As he had publicly humiliated both himself and his former club, most thought his career would be over. However, his former employers in the Manly reserve grade side signed him onto their books for the remainder of the season where his good form earned him a late call up to the Northern Eagles first grade side late in the season.


The following year his form finally began to pick up as he went on to score ten tries for the Eagles before the club disbanded in 2003.


Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles (2003-2005)

With the reinstating of the Sea Eagles for the beginning of the 2003 season Hopoate was signed on to the club where he originally made his debut for ten years earlier. He began the season well for his old club with several impressive performances but again his on field indiscretions were the only headlines he was achieving.


The following two seasons were poor for John with several on field and off field incidents earning him both fines and suspensions. His final foul-up occurred during a match in the 2005 season against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Hopoate attempted a reckless "shoulder charge" making contact to the head of forward Keith Galloway with his elbow. This was seen as the last straw for John by both his Manly club and the National Rugby League and his career was effectively over. He made a final statement on the Sea Eagles website thanking his fans and supporters and apologising to his wife Brenda and eight children[8].


Controversy

In the 2003 season Hopoate breached the terms of his playing contract by playing in a fifth-grade rugby union match in the Sydney competition on June 9 under a false name in an attempt to not get caught. After his Manly club found out and confronted John he admitted that he had breached his contract and was then fined $5000 Australian dollars.[9] 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A contract is a legally binding exchange of promises or agreement between parties that the law will enforce. ... A rugby union scrum. ... June 9 is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (161st in leap years), with 205 days remaining. ... ISO 4217 Code AUD User(s) Australia, Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, and Norfolk Island Inflation 3. ...


During the 2004 club season Hopoate become involved in more controversy. While leaving the field at the conclusion of a match Hopoate started a heated argument with a linesman in which he verbally abused the official. As punishment was given a lengthy suspension by the NRL. shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A linesman can refer to: An assistant referee in soccer Linesman, in ice hockey This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


In the round one clash with the New Zealand Warriors, Hopoate attracted more trouble for himself after he verbally abused 14 year old rugby league ball boy Jamel Thompson after Thompson had placed the ball on the sideline of the field rather than throwing it infield to the Manly player. The incident was placed under review with the National Rugby League finding that ball boy Thompson had acted in the guidelines set out and Hopoate was in the wrong over his verbal assault. Hopoate then apologised to the young boy claiming that "he was not aware of the proper interpretation of the rule"[10] and was in the wrong. The New Zealand Warriors (formerly Auckland Warriors) are a rugby league team based in Auckland, New Zealand who compete in the Australasian based National Rugby League competition. ...

Hopoate's illegal career ending hit on Keith Galloway.

On March 19, 2005 Hopoate was again in trouble with the NRL, this time in a match against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. During the 30th minute of the game he made a charge at Cronulla forward Keith Galloway with his elbow in a cocked position jumping and striking Galloway in the head immediately knocking him unconscious, leaving him on the field with a laceration to and bleeding from his ear. After immediate review from the third official Hopoate was sent from the field for the remainder of the match while Galloway was stretchered from the field in a neck brace and took no further part in the game. This tackle called a shooter whereby the tackler streaks out of the defensive line on the second tackle to hit the ballrunner early and by surprise ended Hopoates career. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1049x227, 68 KB) Summary John Hopoate TV screenshot taken from foxtel television footage broadcast in Australia. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1049x227, 68 KB) Summary John Hopoate TV screenshot taken from foxtel television footage broadcast in Australia. ... March 19 is the 78th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (79th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks are a team in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league football competition in Australia. ... Keith Galloway (born September 2, 1985 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian Rugby League player for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the National Rugby League competition. ... Definition A cut is an injury that results in a break or opening in the skin. ... An official (from the Latin Officialis, person – or object – related to an officium, v. ...


At the conclusion of the match against the Cronulla based club the NRL match review committee immediately referred Hopoate's case straight to the rugby league judiciary. On Tuesday March 22 Hopoate had his case called up to the judiciary, his lawyer and coach attempted to argue that he was doing nothing more than "trying to go for a shoulder charge"[11] and that his raised arm was just an attempt to protect his ribs. His contrition carried little weight with the panel and ultimately his defence failed to convince anyone that he had done nothing wrong being and he was given a seventeen game suspension[12]. With his season over his loyal club that had stood by him through many of his career indiscretions decided they had no other choice than to terminate his contract with immediate effect on March 23, 2005.[13] Cronulla is a beach suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ... Look up case in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      In law, the judiciary or judicial is the system of courts which administer justice in the name of the sovereign or state, a mechanism for the resolution of disputes. ... March 22 is the 81st day of the year (82nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... March 23 is the 82nd day of the year (83rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Representative career

New South Wales

After his spectacular form and try scoring feats during the 1995 season Hopoate was called up to his first senior representative match for New South Wales in game one of the 1995 State of Origin series. After a decent performance from Hopoate he was retained for the second game but then subsequently dropped from the third game.


Australia

With Tonga looking to pick Hopoate for his nation of birth for the 1995 World Cup, Australia took no chances and instead called him up to the Australian side under the residency ruling. He was selected in the opening match of the cup yet failed to score and then made a vital mistake that turned out to be the turning point in a match that was eventually won by Australia's opponents England. Hopoate missed the next match but returned for the preliminary final against the South Africans, scoring three times in a crushing 86 to 6 victory.


Career playing statistics

Point scoring summary

Games Tries Goals F/G Points
 ? 87 - - 348

Matches played

Team Matches Years
Manly Sea Eagles  ? 1993 - 1999, 2003 - 2005
Wests Tigers - 2000 - 2001
Northern Eagles  ? 2001 - 2002
New South Wales 1 1995
Australia 2 1995

Boxing

With the termination of his Sea Eagles contract effectively bringing to an end his days of playing rugby league, Hopoate announced that he would begin training in an attempt to undertake a career in professional boxing.


On May 17, 2006 he fought in his first professional boxing bout, on the undercard of the Anthony Mundine and Danny Green fight. Hopoate won his debut fight after only 47 seconds of the opening round, knocking out Samoan Frank Faasolo. is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Daniel (Danny) Thomas Green (born March 9, 1973) is an Australian professional Light Heavyweight Boxer and former Olympian, who is nicknamed The Green Machine. ... A boxer is knocked down and receives the 10-count. ...


After the quick victory, John challenged former rugby league player turned journalist Mark Geyer to a fight, citing his reasons as being "I know he hates being bagged, but for him to go sit behind a magazine and bag other players, I don't like that"[14]. Geyer turned down the challenge on the NRL Footy Show the following week. This does not cite any references or sources. ... Mark Geyer (also known as MG or the Rugby League Rebel; born December 7, 1968), was a rugby league second row forward and one of the most controversial players of the 1990s - during which time he was seemingly more often in the headlines for what he did off the field... The Footy Show is an Australian sports television program, shown on the Nine Network and its affiliates. ...


Instead, he followed-up against New Zealand fighter Alex Mene on August 4, whom he defeated with a somewhat controversial fourth round technical knockout after the referee called a halt to the bout. is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Hopoate's third fight was against Ipswich Brothers rugby league prop forward, Anthony “Chook” Fowler. The pair had previously fought during an under-17 representative match 15 years earlier[15], but Fowler found little opportunity to trade further blows with Hopoate as he was left motionless on the canvas after just 34 seconds of his only professional boxing appearance.


Subsequently, he defeated two more heavyweights from New Zealand during bouts in Queensland. Hopoate first put a finish to one-sided event against Oscar Talemaira with a first round technical knockout on November 17. He then knocked out Hiriwa Te Rangi on February 24, 2007 after a stiffer contest that lasted five rounds, his longest fight to date. 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... February 24 is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Hopoate then moved to a 6-0 record by dispatching the heavy-hitting Richard Tutaki with a series of second round body-blows on March 7, 2007 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, again on an Anthony Mundine undercard. Lovemore N'dou, the IBF junior welterweight champion, said after watching the bout that Hopoate is an embarrassment to the sport of boxing, and that he was disgusted with what he saw. As part of his scathing criticism of Hopoate, as well as Willie Mason's older brother Les, N'dou said: "Footballers like them thinking they can box turns what is a scientific and artistic sport into a circus. They are making fools out of themselves and fools out of a sport I love."[16] March 7 is the 66th day of the year (67th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The Sydney Entertainment Centre is an entertainment venue located in Haymarket, Sydney, Australia. ... Lovemore Ndou (born 16th August, 1971 in Transvaal, South Africa) is a Sydney based Australian boxer. ... International Boxing Federation (IBF) is one of several boxing organisations. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... William Marshall Mason (born April 15, 1980 in Auckland, New Zealand) is an Australian professional rugby league player. ...


On March 30, 2007, he then experienced his first defeat, which came at the hands of Brian Fitzgerald. The result, a split decision after six rounds, proved controversial and inspired Hopoate to say, "I'm being vilified again. It obviously has something to do with my playing days. I know I'm going to be 'John Hopoate' for the rest of my life. But I've tried to take a new road and I thought I was going along good, until this."[17] March 30 is the 89th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (90th in leap years). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... A split decision in boxing is the outcome of a boxing match (professional or amateur) in which two of the three judges score for the same boxer as the winner, while the third judge scores for the other boxer. ...


Most recently, on April 13, 2007, Hopoate suffered his second straight loss, inflicted by former national kickboxing champion, Ben Edwards, who was making his professional boxing debut. Hopoate's performance, which was brought to an abrupt end by technical knockout after just 90 seconds of the first round. With three further bouts scheduled before July, he aims to continue his career. However, following his earlier criticism, Lovemore N'dou has commented that Hopoate needs to "learn to fight properly", and has now offered to help him out at no charge.[18] April 13 is the 103rd day of the year (104th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


External links

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References

  1. "Hoppa out: banned, sacked, retired" Sydney Morning Herald, retrieved June 23, 2006
  2. "Get Hopoate out of rugby league"Crikey, retrieved June 23, 2006
  3. "Dirty dozen: Hopoate out for 12" Sydney Morning Herald, retrieved June 23, 2006
  4. "Hopoate gets 12 weeks for unsportsmanlike interference", Sydney Morning Herald, retrieved June 23, 2006
  5. "The most vile act ever!", Sportal, retrieved June 23, 2006
  6. "The most vile act ever!", Sportal, retrieved June 23, 2006
  7. "Hopoate gets 12 weeks for unsportsmanlike interference", Sydney Morning Herald, retrieved June 23, 2006
  8. "Hopoate sends message to fans", Sydney Morning Herald, retrieved June 23, 2006
  9. "Sports briefs", Taipei Times, retrieved June 23, 2006
  10. "Hopoate says sorry to ball boy", ABC Sport, retrieved June 23, 2006
  11. "Manly sack Hopoate after ban", ONE Sport, retrieved June 23, 2006
  12. "Hopoate sacked after 17-match suspension", ABC Sport, retrieved June 23, 2006
  13. "Hopoate sacked after 17-match suspension", ABC Sport, retrieved June 23, 2006
  14. "Hopoate challenges Geyer", World of Rugby League, retrieved June 23, 2006
  15. "Chook takes up Hoppa's challenge", The Queensland Times, retrieved March 8, 2007
  16. "Hopoate, Mason 'circus acts'", "The Daily Telegraph", retrieved April 10, 2007
  17. "The kneebone's connected to …", "Sydney Morning Herald", retrieved April 10, 2007
  18. "Hopoate floored by banger", "The Daily Telegraph", retrieved April 16, 2007
  19. "Hopoate floored by banger", "The Daily Telegraph", retrieved April 16, 2007

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