Markus Antonio "Mark" Minichiello (born 30 January 1982) is an Italy international rugby league footballer who plays as a second-row forward.

Mark Minichiello
Mark Minichiello.jpg
Personal information
Full nameMarkus Antonio Minichiello
Born (1982-01-30) 30 January 1982 (age 37)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight100 kg (15 st 10 lb)[1]
Playing information
PositionSecond-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2002 Sydney Roosters 1 0 0 0 0
2003–06 South Sydney 85 16 0 0 64
2007–14 Gold Coast Titans 173 32 0 0 128
2015–19 Hull F.C. 138 21 0 0 84
Total 397 69 0 0 276
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–11 NSW City 5 2 0 0 8
2013–17 Italy 6 1 0 0 4
As of 19 October 2019
Source: [2][3]

He previously played for the Sydney Roosters, South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Gold Coast Titans in the NRL, and Hull F.C. in the Super League. He represented NSW City between 2007 and 2011.

BackgroundEdit

Minichiello was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is the younger brother of former Golden Boot winner Anthony Minichiello.

Early careerEdit

While attending Westfields Sports High, Minichiello played for the Australian Schoolboys team in 1999.[4]

Club careerEdit

Sydney RoostersEdit

Minichiello started his career with Sydney Roosters in 2002. He only played one game for the club before switching to the arch rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs.

South Sydney RabbitohsEdit

He played 85 games with the club during a tough time in their history as South Sydney finished last in 2003, 2004 and 2006. He signed for Gold Coast Titans in 2007 which was the club's inaugural season.[5]

 
Minichiello playing for the Gold Coast Titans

Gold Coast TitansEdit

He was an important member for the Gold Coast club since he joined in 2007. In the 2009 NRL season, he was part of the Gold Coast side which qualified for the finals for the first time in their history. The following year, he played in the club's preliminary final defeat against the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium.

In 2011, he played 23 games as the Gold Coast finished last on the table and claimed the wooden spoon. In total, he played 173 first grade games for the club between 2007-2014.[6]

Hull FCEdit

On 15 August 2014, Minichiello announced that he was joining Hull F.C. in the Super League on a two-year deal starting in 2015. Minichiello enjoyed a successful season with the 'Airlie Birds' in 2015, winning the Supporters' Player of the Year award & the club's Player of the Year award with Liam Watts.

On 27 January 2016, Minichiello extended his contract with Hull until the end of the 2017 season.[7]

He played in the 2016 Challenge Cup Final victory over the Warrington Wolves at Wembley Stadium.[8][9]

He played in the 2017 Challenge Cup Final victory over the Wigan Warriors at Wembley Stadium.[10]

Representative careerEdit

CityEdit

He was selected for City in the City vs Country match on 8 May 2009.[11]

ItalyEdit

Minichiello played for Italy at the 2013 and 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Personal lifeEdit

In 2017 Mark launched his own functional training and rehabilitation equipment company Xer360.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Hull 1st Team Mark Minichiello". Hull FC. Hull FC. 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  2. ^ loverugbyleague
  3. ^ Rugby League Project
  4. ^ "SportingPulse Homepage for Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League". SportingPulse. Retrieved 10 October 2008.
  5. ^ "The worst teams in NRL history". Sporting News.
  6. ^ "Parramatta Eels defeat the Gold Coast Titans to avoid wooden spoon for 2011". Daily Telegraph.
  7. ^ Daily, Hull. (27 January 2016) Mark Minichiello extends Hull FC contract. Hull Daily Mail. Retrieved on 2016-09-30.
  8. ^ "Hull FC's Jamie Shaul's late try takes Challenge Cup away from Warrington". Guardian. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Challenge Cup final: Hull FC 12-10 Warrington Wolves". BBC. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Hull FC 18-14 Wigan recap as the Black and Whites claim back-to-back Challenge Cup triumphs". Mirror. 26 August 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  11. ^ Balym, Todd (3 May 2009). "Blues halfback duel in two as Mitchell Pearce misses selection". Fox Sports. Archived from the original on 5 December 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2009.
  12. ^ Xer360 website Retrieved on 2017-01-12

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