Will Minichiello Finish On The Wing?

By STEVE MASCORD

HE won the golden boot at fullback but Anthony Minichiello’s career is poised to end where it started – on the wing.

For the second consecutive week, rookie Roger Tuivasa-Sheck spent time in the custodial role during Saturday’s 24-20 loss to Canberra. Coach Brian Smith isn’t saying how long the audition is likely to last but it appears likely that at some stage, Minichiello will spend more time on the wing than in his favoured position.

“One of the things that’s got everyone at our club excited is that there’s a possibility that Roger might inherit Mini’s position,” coach Brian Smith tells Rugby League Week.

“You know,he’s in the queue. Maybe near the front of the queue. So the fact he can play wing or fullback is a beauty.

“If we get the opportunity to play him fullback … as we did a little bit last week, he played there for 15 or 20 minutes there … we intend to groom him in that role eventually.”

Minichiello has previously been shifted to wing occasionally since winning the 2005 Golden Boot as the best player in the world while a fullback. Kiwi Tuivasa-Sheck, who has played just four first grade games, swapped with Minichiello in attack and defence during Saturday’s Canberra Stadium clash, in which the no.1 was sent off.

Minichiello recently re-signed with the Roosters for one more year and plans to end his career captaining Italy in next year’s World Cup.

Filed for: RUGBY LEAGUE WEEK

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