READY: Legends of League player John Hopoate has been involved for more than 10 years.
READY: Legends of League player John Hopoate has been involved for more than 10 years. Rob Williams

Hopoate has still got it

HE PLAYED more than 200 NRL games and represented New South Wales and Australia and now he's coming to the Whitsundays to play as part of the Australian All Stars.

John Hopoate will line up as part of the Legends of League match in Bowen next week and he has one message for the Whitsunday community - enjoy it.

"It's getting the community together.,” he said. "The whole reason we come and do this is about bringing the community together and watch us play.”

Hopoate has been involved in the Legends of League games since 2006. They play exhibition matches across regional Australian areas with the aim of giving back to the community.

"They approached me to get involved at the time and I couldn't be more happy to say yes and meet up with guys you played against or guys you watched play,” he said. "All the players love that kind of stuff - giving back to the community, going to country towns, putting smiles on kids faces and giving people the chance to see us that never got to see us play.”

Don't expect the former representative winger and heavyweight boxing champion to be a slouch on the field either.

"I train five days a week. It varies from boxing to jiu jitsu, weights and a bit of cardio,” he said.

"But i train hard and I eat hard. I eat a lot of crap food, which makes me happy. Under my bed I have lollies.”

Most of all, Hopoate said he wanted to see everyone at Bowen on Saturday to enjoy the free day of footy.

"Get on down and enjoy the day,” Hopoate said.

"It's not just our game to watch. Get down there early, bring you family and bring your friends.”

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