Anthony Minichiello

World Rugby League Superstar, Enigmatic Speaker

Anthony Minichiello is regarded as one of the world's best rugby league players. Playing 15 seasons at the pinnacle of his career, he was the face of the National Rugby League in 2014, and at his retirement, the most capped player in the history of the Sydney Roosters.

Anthony owns and operates MiniFit, a company dedicated to educating children about the importance of healthy eating and being active. He is an ambassador for the Sydney Roosters, NRL and a number of commercial clients, as well as an entertaining and enigmatic public speaker.

Anthony Minichiello was born and raised in Sydney's south-west, where he spent his childhood burning energy on gymnastics floors and little athletics tracks across New South Wales - honing the speed, balance, agility and endurance that would later become essential to his success on the field. As a teenager he dazzled scouts with his ability to play centre, five-eighth, wing and fullback in both rugby league and rugby union, sparking a code tug-of-war in 1996 that was won by rugby league legend, Arthur Beetson, who promptly signed him to the Sydney Roosters.

In 2000, Anthony Minichiello (aged 19) made his first grade debut for the Roosters, who quickly became a dominant NRL force over the next five years. A switch from wing to fullback at the beginning of the 2003 season then took Minichiello's game to a new level, pre-empting immediate selection to the New South Wales and Australian teams.

Over the next two years everything Minichiello touched turned to gold - his electric displays breathed new life into the game and left fans on the edge of their seats week-after-week. A string of team and individual successes followed, culminating in the 2005 Golden Boot Award, crowning Minichiello the world's best rugby league player.

Persistent back, neck and ankle problems put a stop to Minichiello's ascendency in 2006, and eventually forcing him to rebuild his body from scratch. Willed on by fans, coaches and players alike, he managed a triumphant return, leading a young Roosters side to the 2010 NRL Grand Final with trademark defence and sweeping runs.

In 2011 Minichiello was selected to the New South Wales State of Origin side and produced a commanding, error-free performance and a match-winning try. He capped off an incredible year by successfully leading Italy through European qualifiers for the Rugby League World Cup. In 2013 he cemented his position as one of the most talented players of his era, captaining the Sydney Roosters to the Minor premiership, their 13th NRL Premiership. He was named the NRL's favourite son.

Anthony Minichiello was rewarded with a contract extension and announced as the face of the National Rugby League in 2014, before retiring at the end of the season as the most capped player in the history of the Sydney Roosters (302 games).