A one-club man, Anthony ‘Mini’ Minichiello is the most-capped player in Sydney Roosters history.
A genuine superstar of the game, Mini joined the Roosters at a 16-year-old in 1996 and made his National Rugby League (NRL) debut in 2000.
In an NRL career that spanned over 15 seasons, Mini played in six grand finals and won two Premierships. The first was in 2002 and in 2013, he captained the Roosters to the Minor Premiership before he led the team to Premiership glory.
In the representative arena, he played for Australia on 18 occasions, captained Italy in the 2013 World Cup, made 11 appearances for the NSW Blues and represented NSW City four times.
Making his debut for the Roosters on the wing in 2000, Mini’s rise was rapid.
He played in his first NRL Grand Final in 2000 before first tasting Premiership victory in 2002. The Roosters were also NRL Grand Finalists in 2003 and 2004.
Having made the switch to fullback in 2003, Mini was named ‘Dally M Fullback of the Year’ in 2004.
In 2005, Mini won the ‘Golden Boot’, awarded to the player voted the Best in the World.
In 2006, persistent back, neck and ankle injuries looked like they would halt his career. But a determination to succeed led to the rebuilding of his body and lifestyle.
True grit, determination, and belief saw him return to peak form and enabled Mini to continue his brilliant and fulfilling career. Just as importantly, it ensured that his career came to an end on his own terms.
Mini was named the Sydney Roosters captain in 2013, which was a record year for the club.
That season, the team scored a record six shutouts and secured the Club Championship and Minor Premiership on their way to winning the Premiership. He was also named the NRL’s ‘Favourite Son’.
In 2014, Mini was named the face of the NRL and had the prestigious honour of launching the season. Just prior to the NRL season kicking off, the Roosters claimed the title of the best rugby league team in the world by winning the World Club Challenge.
In August that year, Mini announced that he would retire from rugby league at the end of the season. While his beloved Roosters fell one game short of a fairytale finish, Mini scored two tries in his last game and retired with the club’s all-time record for most tries (139) and games (302).
Since his retirement, Mini has continued to promote the importance of health and wellbeing to kids via MINIFIT. He also continues to work with the Sydney Roosters in a role that expands across the Community, Sponsorship and Football departments.
- Certificate 4 in Sports Development
- Level 1 Modified Games Coach
- Level 1 Strength and Conditioning
- First Aid
- 2004: Dally M Fullback of the Year
- 2004: Harry Sunderland Medal (Tri-Nations)
- 2005: Golden Boot Award
- 2005: Harry Sunderland Medal (Tri-Nations)
- 2005: RLIF Back of the Year Award
- 2005: Wally Lewis Medal (State of Origin)
- 2007: Sydney Roosters Team of the Century
- 2013: NRL ‘Favourite Son’ Award
- 2013: Sydney Roosters Clubman of the Year
- 2014: Sydney Roosters leading try scorer (139) 2014: Sydney Roosters most-capped player of all time (302)
|2000: NRL Grand Final Runners-up||City Origin 4 caps NSW State of Origin 11 caps Australian Kangaroos 19 caps|
|2002: NRL Premiers||Italian Rugby League 7 caps Dally M Fullback of the Year, Two time winner of the Harry Sunderland Medal|
|2003: World Club Challenge Champions||Wally Lewis Medal International Best Back award, Golden Boot Winner|
|2004: NRL Minor Premiers||NRL Favourite Son|
|2004: NRL Grand Final Runners-up||Sydney Roosters Clubman of the year Award|
|2010: NRL Grand Final Runners-up||Sydney Roosters all time try scorer|
|2013: NRL Minor Premiers||Official face of NRL for 2014|
|2013: Club Champions||Captain of Rooster – 2014|
|2013: NRL Premiers|
|2014: World Club Challenge Champions|
|2014: NRL Minor Premiers|
|2014: Club Champions|