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Fullback Will Hopoate has declared himself available for Sunday football this season, reversing last year’s decision to stand down for religious reasons.

The 24-year old has agreed to a request from the club to play on Sundays, ahead of three Sunday games in the next eight weeks and a busy State of Origin schedule.

Hopoate, confirmed to his team mates this morning that he would be playing in Sunday’s blockbuster against the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium.

“I appreciate everything the club and Raelene has done for me. 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,” said Hopoate.

Nothing beats Sunday arvo footy and it's bound to be a cracker when the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs face the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium.

There'll be no love lost between the cross-city rivals with both teams eager to secure the two points and secure bragging rights.

Get out to ANZ Stadium and catch every second of this one!

Watch the full press conference above.

Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.