25 Facts About Anthony Minichiello


Anthony Minichiello was born on 24 May 1980 and is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who captained the Sydney Roosters in the National Rugby League, and retired having set records for most games and most tries in the club's history.

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Anthony Minichiello was born in Liverpool in South Western Sydney, Australia.

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Anthony Minichiello tasted the bitterness of defeat at the end of his debut year in the Roosters' loss to the Brisbane Broncos in the 2000 NRL Grand Final.

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Anthony Minichiello was part of the successful Roosters team that took out the 2003 World Club Challenge against 2002 Super League champions, St Helens.

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Anthony Minichiello's move to fullback coincided with some of the Roosters' best football for the early part of the new millennium.

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Anthony Minichiello ran 4,571 metres with the ball in 2003, more than any other player in the competition.

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In 2004, Anthony Minichiello was again selected to play for New South Wales but just five days out from Game I he was sacked for taking a mobile telephone out contrary to team instructions during a wild bonding session.

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Anthony Minichiello was named the Dally M Fullback of the Year in the 2004 NRL season, where he scored a career best 18 tries for the season.

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Anthony Minichiello won the Harry Sunderland Medal as the player's player of the year.

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Anthony Minichiello was selected in the Australian team to go and compete in the end of season 2004 Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament.

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Anthony Minichiello would go on to win the 2005 Golden Boot Award as the international player of the year.

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Anthony Minichiello kicked his first field goal in his career when the Roosters defeated the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in golden point, in Round 11,2007.

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Anthony Minichiello was recalled as NSW fullback for Game 1 of the 2007 State of Origin series.

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Anthony Minichiello played an impressive first game, but unfortunately was ruled out of the second game and the third game too as his back injury was troubling him.

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Anthony Minichiello was replaced as the Blues custodian by Manly Sea Eagles flyer Brett Stewart.

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In 2009, Anthony Minichiello played 2 games before injuring his ankle against the Canberra Raiders.

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Anthony Minichiello was sidelined until Round 20; by then, the Roosters were in deep trouble and staring down of their worst season since failing to win a single game in 1966.

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Anthony Minichiello settled well in this position and was selected to play in the 2010 City v Country Origin match on 7 May 2010.

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On 23 August 2010, Anthony Minichiello broke the 100 try barrier against the Gold Coast Titans in Round 24.

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Anthony Minichiello was rested from the Roosters' final two regular season matches with a hamstring injury, however he returned to full fitness for the 2010 NRL finals series.

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On 4 May 2012, Anthony Minichiello agreed to a new one-year deal keeping him with the Roosters until the end of 2013, despite being told at the start of the season that he would not be re-signed.

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Anthony Minichiello was crowned the NRL's Most Wanted on The Footy Show in 2003, and with his brother Mark, posed for Cosmopolitan magazine's Lonsdale Boys with Balls '06 feature.

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Anthony Minichiello is the elder brother of Hull FC Second-rower Mark Minichiello.

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Anthony Minichiello's nickname is "The Count" as he has been noted to bear a resemblance to The Count from Sesame Street.

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On 22 January 2012, Anthony Minichiello wed Australian shoe-designer, Terry Biviano, in one of the most lavish ceremonies held at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney.

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