Fri 03 May
Italy captain Anthony Minichiello has started taking Italian lessons in a bid to prepare himself for his duties at Rugby League World Cup 2013, according to fellow NRL star and Azzuri hopeful Joel Riethmuller.
"I don't speak Italian and not many of the boys do, but Mini's learning it for the World Cup. He's taking lessons I'm told," explained Riethmuller, who himself hopes to play an integral role for Italy this autumn.
"My grandparents were born there and my mum's older brother was born there. There's a link there that I'm taking full advantage of."
Minchiello has made four appearances for Italy, sandwiched around an excellent representative career with Australia.
A veteran of more than 250 NRL appearances, the 32-year-old former Dally M Full-back of the Year is expected to play a key role for the Azurri this Autumn.
Italy face Wales at the Millennium Stadium as part of the RLWC2013 Opening Ceremony on October 26, Scotland at Derwent Park, Workington, on November 3 and and Tonga at The Shay, Halifax, on November 10.
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