Mormon Hopoate reverses decision not to play on Sundays

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Canterbury Bulldogs full-back Will Hopoate has reversed his decision to refrain from playing on Sundays for religious reasons.

Mormon Hopoate last year made himself unavailable for Sunday selection but, ahead of three Sunday matches in eight weeks, Hopoate has agreed to a request from the club to play.

"I appreciate everything the club and [CEO] Raelene [Castle] has done for me," he said. "They allowed me to not play over the course of last year, but they [the club] came to a business decision, and at the end of the day rugby league is a business.

"I understand that and I totally understand where the club is coming from.

"I'm very grateful that the club sees me as part of their campaign. With full-back being a key position and Des wanting me there, I take that as a compliment,"

Castle added: "We think it's important that Will plays and we will continue to support him with his faith. He is supportive of doing the right thing by his employer."

The Bulldogs sit eighth in the NRL and face Sydney Roosters on Sunday.