NRL pays tribute to retiring players

THE NRL will pay tribute to 21 retiring players during the build-up to the 2014 NRL Grand Final between the Rabbitohs and Bulldogs.

Premiership winners, State of Origin and Test stars will officially hang up their boots following the 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership.

They include Sydney Roosters fullback Anthony Minichiello, who last lifted the NRL Telstra Premiership Trophy on Grand Final day.


Minichiello will be joined in retirement by fellow 300-game player John Morris from the Cronulla Sharks.

Also retiring at the end of the 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership season are Gold Coast Titans’ representative pair Ashley Harrison and Luke Bailey, North Queensland Cowboys’ player Brent Tate, and internationals Brett White, Fuifui Moimoi, Luke O’Donnell, Jerome Ropati, Braith Anasta and Jharal Yow Yeh.

NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg said the game will say goodbye to some true greats.

“The game will miss their on-field talents, but thankfully their commitment and compassion in the work they do off it will continue in retirement,” he said.

“Anthony Minichiello debuted at the turn of the millennium and was still going strong up until last weekend at the same club, while Brent Tate, Braith Anasta and Luke Bailey have been wonderful servants in playing more than 200 matches in the NRL, and representing both state and country.”

The retiring players ceremony will be a big feature of a full day of Grand Final action at ANZ Stadium today.