Sydney Morning Herald
William Hopoate, shown diving in an NRL rugby match, has received his mission call to serve in Brisbane, Australia.

An Australian rugby star who turned down $1.5 million to serve an LDS mission has finally received his long-awaited call.

William Hopoate will spend the next two years in Brisbane, Australia, a 13-hour drive north from his Sydney home, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Hopoate’s uncle, Albert, served in Brisbane. The article also includes comments from Gabriel Miller, Hopoate’s bishop in Harbord.

The Herald news report says that Hopoate’s club, the Manly Sea Eagles, has extended an offer for Hopoate to return to the team following his mission and awaits his answer. But before he departs, the 19-year-old will play in the National Rugby League grand final.

As Hopoate prepares for the biggest game of his young career, he insists he has no regrets about stepping away for two years to devote himself to his church.

''I'm still looking forward to serving my mission, but for now I'm focusing with the boys to play the best we can for Sunday's game,'' Hopoate told the Herald. ''I've made my decision, and that's that, nothing's going to change it, but to win a grand final would be a dream come true and something I would cherish forever. My plan is to go away for two years and then come back and play the sport I love playing.''

Hopoate expressed similar sentiments in a second Herald article published this week, prior to the article announcing his mission call.

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