Posted: 23 September, 2016 by AAP

Hopoate Behind Bars

John Hopoate charged with intimidating man

Former NRL player John Hopoate is behind bars after he allegedly threatened a business owner in Sydney's north shore.

The 42-year-old allegedly made a "number of threats" to a Crows Nest business owner and stole a drink from the premises, police said.

A NSW Police spokesman said a 42-year-old man attended Manly Police Station on Thursday afternoon where he was charged with contravening an Apprehended Personal Violence Order, intimidation and stealing.

Hopoate was refused police bail and is due to face Manly Local Court on Friday.

Hopoate, who played for Manly, Wests Tigers and Northern Eagles, has courted controversy during a 13-year, 209-game, first-grade rugby league career, during which he represented Australia, NSW and Tonga.

Hopoate finally retired from rugby league in 2005 after he copped a 17-match ban for a tackle on Keith Galloway. Four years before that, Hopoate copped a 12-match ban for poking opposition players up the backside.


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