A giant of two NRL clubs, Anthony Laffranchi enjoyed a career many could only dream of.
Laffranchi was a part of history at the Wests Tigers as a member of the club’s first premiership team in 2005, when the Tigers beat the North Queensland Cowboys in that year’s grand final.
After six years with the Tigers, in 2007 Laffranchi moved to the Gold Coast to join the Titans for their inaugural year.
Laffranchi played in the club’s first game against the Dragons at Suncorp Stadium, and later that same year was named alongside Luke Bailey as co-winners of the Titans’ best-and-fairest award, the Paul Broughton Medal.
Laffranchi’s toughness, durability and ball-playing ability saw him play four State of Origin games for NSW and five Tests for Australia between 2008 and 2009.
At the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, Laffranchi also had the chance to represent his family heritage, turning out for Italy alongside Titans teammate Mark Minichiello, playing three Tests.
After five seasons with the Titans, Laffranchi finished his career in England, playing for three years with Super League powerhouse St Helens.
Once his playing days were over, Laffranchi returned to the club he helped create, taking up the position of Football Manager with the Titans.
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|West Tigers||102 NRL matches|
|Gold Coast Titans||102 NRL matches|
|St Helens||71 SL matches|
|NSW||4 Origin games|
The match will be played as the curtain-raiser to the NRL blockbuster between the Gold Coast Titans and Brisbane Broncos.
The Deadly Choices #AllStar Invitational kicks off from 3:30pm, with the NRL Queensland derby kicking off at 5:30pm.