Michelangelo Rucci

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Michelangelo Rucci (born 10 November 1963) is an Australian sports journalist, and writer.

Of Italian descent, Rucci grew up in the western suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia and graduated from Woodville High School. He is an award-winning sports writer in Adelaide and is the chief Australian rules football writer for The Advertiser, Adelaide's only daily newspaper. .[1]

Rucci also covered field hockey for News Limited in the 1988 and 2000 Summer Olympics.[citation needed] He also was a consultant to the president of the International Hockey Federation, Etienne Glichitch, in the 1990s[citation needed] and won the sport's high honour, the President's Award, in 1997.[2]

In 1999 Rucci published and co-authored Dynasty, the story of legendary Port Adelaide coach Fos Williams and his family's dynasty in football.[3]

The SANFL in 2007 awarded Rucci its Gold Media Award for his outstanding contribution to covering football in South Australia.[4]

The AFL in 2006 appointed Rucci to the selection panel for Australian football's Indigenous Team of the Century. The league also had Rucci as a judge for the Norm Smith Medal at the 1994 and 2005 grand finals, the Michael Tuck Medal at the 2008 and 2011 NAB Cup pre-season grand finals and the Allen Aylett Medal at the 2008 AFL Hall of Fame tribute match at the MCG.[citation needed] He is also a selector for the South Australian Football Hall of Fame.[5]

Rucci was added to the Australian Football Hall of Fame selection committee in 2011.


  1. ^ Geoff McClure (27 September 2004). Sporting Life. Theage.com.au. Retrieved on 2012-07-29.
  2. ^ FIH Presidents Awards. Worldhockey.org. Retrieved on 2012-07-29.
  3. ^ Foster Neil Williams; Michelangelo Rucci (1999). Dynasty: A Legend, a Family, and the Port Adelaide Football Club : the Story of the Williams Family. Peacock Publications. ISBN 978-1-876087-26-5. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  4. ^ Golden moment for Rucci. Adelaidenow.com.au (19 October 2007). Retrieved on 2012-07-29.
  5. ^ Rucci, Michelangelo. (7 August 2008) SA footy salutes five greats. Adelaidenow.com.au. Retrieved on 2012-07-29.