Tonga uses Minichiello as inspiration in comeback from surgery


Willie Tonga has credited the words and deeds of Anthony Minichiello as the inspiration for embarking on his comeback from potentially career-ending back surgery.

Tonga will make his return for Parramatta in Saturday’s clash with Penrith in what will be his first NRL game of the year. The former Queensland and Australian centre has recovered from the same type of problems which threatened to force Minichiello and Newcastle veteran Danny Buderus into retirement. The surgery – which removed a ”bone fragment the size of a pea” and corrected a bulging disc pressing against the nerve – was a success.

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