Hopoate’s move to Manly banned by NRL

John Hopoate won’t be heading to Manly, with the NRL reportedly banning the move.

Manly controversially announced the former bad boy as the coach of its under-18 side in October, however the game’s administrators won’t allow it.

Hopoate, whose 45 weeks suspended is the most in the history of the NRL, is said to be devastated by the decision.


“He’s being judged for things that happened 14 or 15 years ago,” a source close to Hopoate said.

Hopoate’s NRL career was littered with drama. The 41-year-old was suspended for 12 weeks in 2001 when he was found to be sticking his finger up three players backsides while at the Wests Tigers.

His career finally came to an end in 2005 when he was sacked by the Sea Eagles after being suspended for 17 weeks due to an extremely dangerous high tackle on Cronulla’s Keith Galloway.

He also pleaded guilty to the assault of a man outside a Kings Cross nightclub in 2010 when he was working as a responsible server of alcohol.