Laffranchi playing for Australia in 2008
16 November 1980 |
Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||102 kg (16 st 1 lb)|
|Position||Second-row, Prop, Lock|
Anthony Laffranchi (born 16 November 1980 in Murwillumbah, New South Wales) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer. An Australia and Italy international, and New South Wales State of Origin representative forward, he played in the National Rugby League for the Wests Tigers (with whom he won the 2005 NRL premiership) and the Gold Coast Titans, and for Super League club St. Helens.
Laffranchi played at prop forward in the Tigers' 2005 NRL Grand Final victory over the North Queensland Cowboys. As NRL Premiers Wests faced Super League champions Bradford Bulls in the 2006 World Club Challenge. Laffranchi played at second-row forward in the Tigers' 30-10 loss.
Gold Coast Titans
At the end of the Titans' first season Laffranchi was named co-winner of the club's inaugural Paul Broughton Medal for best and fairest player of the season with teammate Luke Bailey. After further solid performance in 2008, he was selected to play for the City vs Country Origin game, representing Country, in which he was awarded Man of the Match.
Laffranchi was selected for New South Wales in game I of the 2008 State of origin series. Laffranchi started from the bench and scored the winning try off a Mark Gasnier line break and lead the tackle count (40) for the Blues.
Laffranchi made his test debut against New Zealand in Australia's opening RLWC 08 game on 26 October playing in the Second-row. He followed this up with a two try effort in Australia's second match of the World Cup. He was selected for Australia in the one-off test match against New Zealand on 8 May 2009. He was also an Italian international.
Laffranchi signed a 2-year deal with St. Helens starting in 2012.
- Junior Club: Murwillumbah Colts
- First Grade Debut: Round 26, Wests Tigers v Sharks at Leichhardt Oval, 2 September 2001
- First Grade Record: 116 appearances scoring 22 tries (Total: 88 points)
- First Grade Clubs: 102 appearances for Wests Tigers (18 tries, 72 points) 2001–2006, 30 appearances for Gold Coast Titans (11 tries, 44 points) 2007, 2008
- Representative Teams: NSW Blues (State of Origin), 2008 (1 try, 4 points), City Country Match 2006 (1 try, 4 points)
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