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Will Hopoate | Mormon Rugby Players

Will Hopoate isn’t just a famous Mormon rugby player for his talent on the pitch, he also caused a stir when he passed over contract offers worth millions in order to leave the sport and take up his Mormon duties as a missionary for the LDS Church. While Hopoate’s commitment to Mormonism may supersede his commitments to the sport, he is certainly no slouch when it comes to the game and the loss of this fantastic Mormon rugby player from the world of rugby was keenly felt the world over.

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Todd Miller | Mormon Rugby Players

A talented scorer with several tries for his second game with the All-Blacks, famous Mormon rugby player Todd Miller plays the fullback position where he breaks through the opposing team lines to carry the squad to victory. The only thing that can stop this unstoppable celebrity Mormon rugby player is his faith; on Sundays, he will not play in accordance with his beliefs. Related to this, he also served a mission to New Zealand’s Wellington mission.

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Sid Going | Mormon Rugby Players

Few famous Mormon rugby players can match the status of Sid Going. As one of the All-Black’s most successful players, Going was given the prestigious award of an MBE for his exploits and went on to become a famous Mormon rugby coach. During his career, he also served on a LDS Church mission to Canada, fulfilling his duties to the Mormon church. This incredible celebrity Mormon rugby half-back player will likely be remembered in the sport for decades to come.

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Sefa Vaka | Mormon Rugby Players

Moving to Japan after serving his mission for the LDS Church, famous Mormon rugby player Sefa Vaka retains an active presence in the Church community while also representing his country, Tonga, in the World Cup. This well-travelled Mormon celebrity is an example of how to balance commitments to the Church with an active career in sports.

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Salesi Sika | Mormon Rugby Players

A Brigham Young University graduate, famous Mormon rugby player Salesi Sika played for the University’s rugby team before going on to become NCAA Player of the Year and thereby cementing his status as a celebrity Mormon. He also appeared on the US National side before playing professionally in France, where he is well known as a famous Mormon rugby player.

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Ma’a Nonu | Mormon Rugby Players

A versatile player who can cover for gaps in his team, famous Mormon rugby player Ma’a Nonu strikes fear into rugby defences everywhere with his lightning quick attacks and incredible power that has seen him score try after try and won the hearts of rugby fans worldwide. Over time, his teamwork has also improved with his passing and kicking becoming stronger and stronger.

Not one to shirk from the limelight, this celebrity Mormon rugby player has been known to sport outlandish looks from bleached dreadlocks to even wearing eye-liner. Defences will certainly see him coming, at least!

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Larry Gelwix | Mormon Rugby Players

Coaching the Highland High Rugby squad, famous Mormon coach Larry Gelwix has led his team to victory in the National championships since the team’s creation and is the strongest force in US rugby, inspiring films to be made about this celebrity Mormon rugby coach. His coaching ethos revolves around treating athletic ability as a gift from God, and something to be nurtured. The healthy living of Mormon lifestyle is also of great benefit to the players.

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Lagi Setu | Mormon Rugby Players

A famous Mormon rugby player, Setu led a career across several teams and seemed set to go from strength to strength before shocking the rugby world by announcing he was leaving the sport for a two year hiatus to pursue a Mormon mission in the LDS Church’s Birmingham branch. This Mormon celebrity rugby player returned, however, and was able to secure a position with Melbourne Storm in 2013.

Though he is dedicated to the faith, Setu finds that tag of ‘Mormon player’ to be quite restricting and wants to break through this to be recognised for his talents on the pitch.

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Kylie Leulua | Mormon Rugby Players

A successful name in the sport of rugby, famous Mormon rugby player Kylie Leuluai has been the front man both at club level and at international level, with a World Cup challenge medal and two Grand Finals under his belt. What Leuluai brings to rugby teams is direct power and while he’s often taken for granted in the role that he plays, he nonetheless won Premier League player of the year in 2003 as a fresh sign for Parramatta, elevating him to the status of a Mormon celebrity rugby player within the sport.

Despite his prolific schedule, this famous Mormon rugby player always finds the time to attend Church and uphold his duties as a Mormon; he also has a taste for LDS films.

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Kimball Kjar | Mormon Rugby Players

A student at Brigham Young University, this famous Mormon rugby player is bi-lingual and plays internationally, following in the footsteps of assistant BYU Coach Mark Ormsby in winning his first cap with the U.S. Team for a game against Argentina. Also a devout Mormon, this Mormon celebrity served his mission to one of the heartlands of rugby; Australia.

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