Minichiello wants to host Wigan
Sydney Roosters captain Anthony Minichiello says the NRL champions would welcome the chance to host Wigan in the 2014 World Club Challenge.
Super League clubs have staged the annual challenge match ever since it was revived in 2000 but the next one has been pencilled in for Sydney's former football stadium on the weekend of February 22.
"We'd welcome the idea for sure," said Minichiello. "Obviously for a number of years we've been travelling over to the UK, but we'd love to have it in our home town.
"Obviously Wigan won the double this year so they're a great team and it will be a great match."
Minichiello, handed the captaincy by incoming former Catalan Dragons coach Trent Robinson at the start of the year, led from the front as the Roosters secured the minor premiership before beating Manly Sea Eagles in the Grand Final.
"It's been an amazing year," he said. "It was not a good year the year before but we had new staff and new players come in and we just sort of grew as the year went on.
"To win the premiership has been a massive achievement and another career highlight of mine."
Minichiello, 33, who was a member of the Roosters side that beat St Helens in the 2003 World Club Challenge at Bolton, has yet to negotiate a new contract for 2014 but for the moment is concentrating his efforts on leading Italy on their maiden World Cup campaign.
A three-time tourist with the Kangaroos, the veteran full-back will play for the Azzurri against England in Saturday's friendly at Salford before leading them out for their opening World Cup match against Wales in Cardiff a week later.
The Italians flew into England on Wednesday afternoon and had their first training session under head coach Carlo Napolitano - a former Salford and Swinton forward - at Loughborough University on Thursday.
Napolitano intends to give all 24 of his squad members a run-out against England, with the exception of Newcastle Knights forward Kade Snowden, who is still serving the remnants of a seven-match ban imposed by the NRL.
"This match and the Wales match will count towards his suspension and he'll be back for Scotland and Tonga," said Napolitano, who has former Sheffield Eagles and Great Britain forward Paul Broadbent as one of his assistants.
New Zealand have opted not to play their Grand Finalists in Sunday's friendly against Cook Islands at Doncaster but Minichiello says he is keen to get a run-out.
"I'll maybe play 20 or 30 minutes, just get out there and get the feeling back," he said.
"It's nice to play England, a team who are challenging for the title, to see where we're at and get some continuity going with the team.
"We want all the boys to have a game under their belt. They will be better for the run the following week. We can work out some combinations and see what's our best fit so we go into Wales ready to go."
Minichiello will line up alongside younger brother Mark, the Gold Coast Titans forward, in a side studded with NRL experience but sprinkled with raw youngsters.
"I've been on three tours here with Australia and I was over for the World Club Challenge in '03 so this is probably my fifth trip," he added.
"It's pretty exciting for the young guys in our squad who haven't made first grade yet. They are pretty excited to come into the team and represent the Italian heritage that we have.
"It's all pretty exciting but we've got some hard work to do and a tough couple of games coming up."