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We're sending congratulations to Dyldam Parramatta Eels centre Will Hopoate, after being called into the NSW VB Blues camp for State of Origin 1!

It marks the return to the NSW Origin camp since 2011 when Hopoate played his first game for the Blues in 2011 before his two-year mission away from rugby league. 

Hopoate has been officially named as 19th man, with Bulldogs' back-rower Josh Jackson also brought into the side as 18th man. 

“We wanted to bring in a forward and a back to cover all bases,” Blues coach Laurie Daley said.

“Both players have been in terrific form for their clubs and deserve the opportunity to spend some time in camp.”

Congratulations again Will - enjoy the week and everyone at the Eels will be cheering you and the Blues on!

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