Neil Piccinelli

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Playing Career

Vital Statistics

Born
Saturday, 4th March, 1967
Current Age
56 years and 362 days

Biography

Rock-solid defence, coupled with a growing confidence with the ball, made second row forward Neil Piccinelli one of I’warra’s most valuable players during the club's 1992 semi-final campaign. The Helensburg junior was named the Steelers’ player of the year in 1993. After giving great service to the club Piccinelli signed a Super League contract in 1996. Linking with the Hunter Mariners for the divided 1997 season he joined defending premiers Newcastle after the Super League club folded. In 1999 he walked away from a six-figure contract with Souths and announced his retirement due to family commitments.
- ALAN WHITICKER

Playing Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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Competitions

Competition   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NRL 188 40 23   - 206 92 90 6 48.94% List
National Panasonic Cup 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
Tooheys Challenge Cup 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
NRL Finals 5 - -   - - 1 4 0 20.00% List


Club Career

NRL/NSWRL - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Illawarra NSWRL 1989 16 3 -   - 12 1 14 1 6.25% List
Illawarra NSWRL 1990 16 3 -   - 12 8 8 0 50.00% List
Illawarra NSWRL 1991 21 5 -   - 20 12 8 1 57.14% List
Illawarra NSWRL 1992 17 2 -   - 8 9 8 0 52.94% List
Illawarra NSWRL 1993 22 4 11 / 15 73.33% - 38 12 10 0 54.55% List
Illawarra NSWRL 1994 22 1 10 / 27 37.04% - 24 11 8 3 50.00% List
Illawarra ARL 1995 17 6 -   - 24 10 7 0 58.82% List
Illawarra ARL 1996 14 4 -   - 16 4 10 0 28.57% List
Hunter Super League 1997 17 6 2 / 7 28.57% - 28 7 10 0 41.18% List
Newcastle NRL 1998 26 6 -   - 24 18 7 1 69.23% List

NRL/NSWRL - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Illawarra 1989-96 145 28 21 / 42 50.00% - 154 67 73 5 46.21% List
Hunter 1997 17 6 2 / 7 28.57% - 28 7 10 0 41.18% List
Newcastle 1998 26 6 -   - 24 18 7 1 69.23% List
Overall1989-1998 188 40 23 / 49 46.94% 0 206 92 90 6 48.94% List

Your Say

  • Anonymous
    21/03/2011

    One of the most underrated players of his era, a high quality footballer. One of the Illawarra Steelers' greatest ever players.

  • Neal Ryanhart
    25/10/2012

    Best player to not play state of origin or Australia.

  • Anonymous
    25/09/2013

    Without question one of the most underrated players I have seen play the game.

  • Anonymous
    15/09/2019

    Ono of the good guys of the game always well behaved a good role model for the game and a good person.

  • Anonymous
    18/02/2023

    My favorite Steeler of all time. Absolutely phenomenal workrate in both defence and attack, and surprisingly skilflul with the ball. When I got a Steelers jersey for a gift, I had his original number 11 put on the back. When he changed to number 12, I was quite upset!

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Contributions: Rugby League Tables, Andrew Ferguson, AJ Lucantonio, Alan Katzmann, Shawn Dollin, Greg Fiveash, Paul Carter, Terry Liberopoulos, Max Turner, Steven Russo

Sources: NRL Rugby League Yearbook 1998, NRL Rugby League Yearbook 1999, ARL Rugby League Yearbook 1996, ARL Rugby League Yearbook 1997, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1989-90, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1990-91, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1991-92, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1992-93, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1994, ARL Rugby League Yearbook 1995