Anthony Mundine Set To Return To Rugby League

After grabbing headlines for a few decades, you'd think Anthony Mundine would greet retirement with open arms and enjoy being out of the limelight.

But it seems as though the former boxer wants one more stab at being an athlete by signing with a rugby league team.

Mundine is no stranger to the code, having played with St George Illawarra, the Brisbane Broncos and for New South Wales in the 1990s.

Credit: Anthony Mundine/Facebook
Credit: Anthony Mundine/Facebook

But now he's signed up to play with the Matraville Tigers in South Sydney.

Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, Mundine said: "I just want to get back on the paddock.

"I'm working on speed and muscles I haven't used since I last played. I'll see how I go. I'll be targeted because of my profile but that's fine."

The 43-year-old hasn't been on the football field professionally in 19 years, but it seems as though that doesn't bother him.

"Age is just a number," he said.

"I love the game and I'm a different beast. My body hasn't been beaten up because I quit footy 20 years ago. The contact doesn't worry me. This is also a nice opportunity to mentor a few kids."

Credit: Anthony Mundine/Facebook
Credit: Anthony Mundine/Facebook

It's not the first time Mundine has staged a comeback to the sport that launched his name. He wanted to make a foray back to league in 2005 but the plan didn't eventuate.

Mundine recently attracted headlines for all the wrong reasons after stating he was against vaccines.

He wrote on Twitter: "Don't vaccine your kids period! The government bully you into vaccine! Do your research on the shit & watched the documentary vaxxed."

His followers were quick to criticise him with one person saying: "Oi - you're not the one who almost died from measles at 17; that was ME. It was painful, dangerous, impacted my health for years and left me with physical scars for life. Pull your head in - you're out of your depth, mate."

Another said: "Gotta say Choc, I'll take the opinion of the medical fraternity that spend their lives researching 'the shit' over the dude that watched a TV show."

There have been 83 recorded cases of measles across the country as of April 5, compared with 81 two years ago. Last year, there were more diagnoses, 103 throughout the year, but it seems with the current track record, 2019 will surpass 2018.

It's probably wise for Mundine to stick to boxing and footy rather than espousing beliefs on medicine.

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

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