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Episode 198 - Mark Minichiello

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In this podcast

2:30 – Welcome Mark Minichiello

4:40 – How he played a career of over 400 games

5:47 – NRL culture when you first come into first grade

6:35 – Changes he would make if he could go back

8:29 – Involvement with the Gold Coast Titans

9:46 – Post game struggles

11:36 – Healthy eating and his Italian heritage

12:41 – His upbringing in Prestons

15:18 – Being a state sprinter coming through

17:06 – How he found footy

18:06 – Junior reps and Westfield Sports High

19:00 – His brother the wild child

19:30 – Superstar Australian Schoolboys team

21:17 – His position growing up and feedback on his development

22:36 – Major injuries in his youth

24:40 – How he found out his was going to making his first grade debut

25:38 – Moving from the premiers at the Roosters to a struggling team at the time in Souths

26:38 – Instability in the early days at the Rabbitohs and learning to lose

27:48 – Playing against Anthony in first grade

29:50 – Playing significant games with his brother

30:45 – Captaining Italy at the World Cup

32:32 – How he became a foundation player at the Gold Coast Titans

35:15 – Transitioning into adult hood

36:45 – Training torture with Billy Johnstone

41:45 – Finally playing finals footy

46:07 – Moving over to Hull from the lovely Gold Coast

50:10 – His nightmare first day in Hull

53:09 – Winning the Challenge Cup twice and playing at Wembley

55:51 – The rivalry between Hull FC and Hull KR

57:48 – How he knew it was time to retire


Mark Minichiello is a former professional rugby league player who played 396 first grade games across the NRL and Super League. He debuted at the Sydney Roosters in 2002 and his journey took him to the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Gold Coast Titans in Australia and Hull FC in England where he won two Challenge Cups. He represented NSW City in 5 games and played in two World Cups for Italy, captaining the Italian team in 2017.

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