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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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