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Jamil Hopoate charged over assault

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Jamil Hopoate representing NSW Combined Catholic Colleges versus Queensland in 2011.

Jamil Hopoate representing NSW Combined Catholic Colleges versus Queensland in 2011. Photo: Anthony Johnson

Rising rugby league player Jamil Hopoate has been charged with assault after allegedly punching a man outside a northern beaches pub in Sydney on Saturday night.

Hopoate was charged with two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company and one count of affray.

The son of former NRL star John Hopoate and brother of Parramatta's star recruit Will, Jamil has a chequered past before even featuring in first grade.

Jamil Hopoate training in the 2012-13 off-season following his sacking from the Parramatta Eels.

Jamil Hopoate training in the 2012-13 off-season following his sacking from the Parramatta Eels. Photo: Nick Moir

The 19-year-old is considered a promising backrow prospect, currently with the Manly Sea Eagles, but his immediate future in the game is now in the hands of the NRL's Integrity Unit, the club confirmed in a statement.

In 2012, Hopoate was sacked by the Eels, who were unimpressed with his off-field behaviour after he defied instructions not to leave the NRL's official rookies camp - designed to educate the game's young stars on their responsibilities.

He has also previously had his driver's licence suspended for six months for mid-range drink-driving.

AAP

15 comments so far

  • park football for you my boy....until you grow up......whether that's when your 20 or 40...who can tell?

    Commenter
    palepilsen
    Location
    gold coast
    Date and time
    February 17, 2014, 11:33PM
    • What is the media fixation with reporting every discretion by anyone who has walked past a Rugby League field?

      Seriously. Is the inference that it is Rugby League that is the problem?

      I just don't get it. There must have been two hundred assaults over the weekend. Why does the fact that this bloke happens to play a particular game make it more newsworthy than the other 199?

      Commenter
      Pete75
      Location
      Perff
      Date and time
      February 18, 2014, 12:08AM
      • The only difference between this fool and the Dugans, Fergusons, Packers and Gordons of the world is that he hasn't made his name yet. They all got and continue to get second chances. It'll be interesting to see how effective the name Hopoate can be in getting him one too.

        Commenter
        We'll see
        Date and time
        February 18, 2014, 6:29AM
        • What second chances are you talking about? Any of the players you named who have been charged with a crime have had to deal with the outcome.

          What was Dugan's crime as opposed to generally low-class drunken behaviour? Was it a crime for him to act like a goose whilst downing Breezer's on his rooftop and missing training? Probably not. Was it a breach of contract? Yes. It is why his contract was terminated.

          Big difference in committing a crime against acting in an anti-social but legally.

          How many other young men act in a similar way to Dugan? I would say many. But most grow out of during their 20's.

          Commenter
          Growler
          Location
          The Couch
          Date and time
          February 18, 2014, 6:57PM
      • So after ignoring the league's rules, getting busted for drunk driving and now a thug assault, I wonder how this guy can even be considered to have a future in the NRL.

        But oh don't worry, I'm sure the usual excuses will get rolled out over and over again until something really bad happens.....

        And people wonder why no-one gives a damn about league.

        Commenter
        Bogan League
        Date and time
        February 18, 2014, 7:23AM
        • Surprise surprise.

          Commenter
          Gonzo
          Date and time
          February 18, 2014, 7:39AM
          • By watching league, on pay, free to air television and games, I have been supporting players having the best career possible: playing a game for a job, rather than, in most cases, digging ditches, packing shelves, moving furniture and sweeping floor.

            League officials are the problem, and they don't want to take hard decisions. My kid plays college sport in the US, and the 17-22 year olds are kept on a tight leash with respect to behaviour (severe drinking restrictions, drug testing, a demanding time schedule where "hanging out" is just not possible, showing respect to every adult and personal responsibility).

            I have to stop watching league because I would rather have less out-of-controll and monied louts running around and more exhausted poor labourers around. It will be safer for the rest of us.

            Commenter
            Time for a change
            Location
            Sydney
            Date and time
            February 18, 2014, 8:11AM
            • Just another loser that needs to go on the NRL blacklist. The NRL should have put a big line through his name the moment he decided to leave the NRL's official rookies camp. Its "designed to educate the game's young stars on their RESPONSIBILITIES" and he skipped out on it? HELLO!!!! Its time the NRL put the game BEFORE the players not the other way round. Is anyone from the NRL listening? There IS not NRL if no-one watches it. There IS no NRL if no-one sponsors it. Who would put millions up to sponsor a team or competition when every other time its in the headlines is for the wrong reason. EG. Take the CT website. Click on the videos, Go to Sport and then Rugby League. Of the most recent FIFTEEN videos just 3 are about footy. TWELVE are about off field incidents. If you took say a foreigner or someone who knew absolutely nothing about the NRL and said 'here is a laptop. Use media/social media to learn whatever you can about the NRL' what do you think their first impression would be? "This looks like an exciting physical game but Is it like the movie The Longest Yard where the team is made up of prison inmates?".

              Commenter
              J72
              Date and time
              February 18, 2014, 8:48AM
              • This comment nails the problem. Stand up the person(s) in the NRL, board or paid employees, who said "let's kick him out the game" when he missed rookies camp: what nobody standing.

                Commenter
                Agreed
                Location
                Sydney
                Date and time
                February 18, 2014, 2:30PM
            • A rugby league star in the making.

              I think the people deciding his future will consider whether he has the same ability to penetrate that his father had.

              Commenter
              Nathan
              Date and time
              February 18, 2014, 11:02AM

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