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Mario Fenech
Mario Fenech.jpg
Fenech in 2008
Personal information
Nickname The Maltese Falcon,[1] Muzza
Born (1961-11-11) 11 November 1961 (age 53)
Valletta, Malta
Playing information
Position Hooker, Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1981–90 South Sydney 181 18 0 1 73
1991–94 North Sydney 82 4 0 0 16
1995 South Queensland 11 0 0 0 0
Total 274 22 0 1 89
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1989 City Origin 1 0 0 0 0
1989 New South Wales 2 0 0 0 0
Source: Rugby League Project and Yesterday's Hero

Mario Fenech (nicknamed "The Maltese Falcon", or "Muzza") is a Maltese Australian rugby league personality. He is a former player of the game for New South Wales, and is a regular guest on The Footy Show. His favoured position was as Hooker, where he represented NSW. In his later career he became a Prop-forward. He captained the Rabbitohs from 1986 to 1990.

Rugby league career[edit]

Mario Fenech was living in the Botany region of Sydney at the time of his chilhood. His family knew he would turn into a great footballer and they knew that Botany Rams Junior Team would not get him to where they wanted him to be, they then moved him into the Mascot Juniors team. At the time when he was a child all South sydney champions came from Mascot Juniors.[citation needed] Fenech's career spanned 1981 to 1995. He played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs from 1981 to 1990. He was a strong runner from dummy half and given his style and size, almost always attracted a number of defenders intent on stopping his progress. From 1986 to 1990, he captained the Rabbitohs. In 1991, after failing to secure an adequate contract with South Sydney (who were in financial trouble at the time and could only offer him a reduced salary), he moved to the North Sydney Bears and played for them until 1994. His departure from Souths caused significant controversy within the club with many ordinary members of the club extremely disappointed with the decision to release him. For his part, Fenech later told how he never wanted to leave the Rabbitohs, but even at age 29 he felt he still had more to offer and signed with the Bears. In 1995, he ended his career with the South Queensland Crushers. Since retiring Mario has also represented Malta in a rugby league sevens tournament.[2]

Post-rugby league career[edit]

Mario Fenech What's Doing.jpg

Since retiring from football Fenech has been involved in the entertainment industry. In 2001 his book What's Doing? was published. He has been a regular contributor on The Footy Show, appeared on numerous other TV shows, including Pizza, and made a brief cameo in the rugby league-based film Footy Legends.[citation needed] With his stint on The Footy Show, footage has been replayed of him being hit on the head with a football. Thus he has had the dubious honour of having contact made between the football and the head on the full named "The Falcon".

Fenech ran as a local candidate in the City of Randwick in the 2012 New South Wales council election.[3]

Fenech remains a loyal supporter of the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

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The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:47:12 -0800

Participants included NSW Governor David Hurley, Randwick Mayor Ted Seng, Superintendent Gavin Dengate, sporting legends Simon Poidevin, Mario Fenech, Mike Whitney, Gary Ella and Laurie Daley and NRL CEO David Smith. Mike Whitney with his son ...

Eurosport.com AU

NRL.COM
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:01:54 -0700

Former South Sydney captain Mario Fenech in the minor premiership year of 1989 when the Rabbitohs lost to Balmain and Canberra to miss out on the Grand Final. Credit: Col Whelan. Copyright: NRL Photos. As someone who had the great honour of ...
 
The Daily Telegraph
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:13:34 -0700

On a day that Rabbitohs legend Mario Fenech labelled Ennis “on the same page” as Benny Elias when it comes to being a pest on the field, NRL head of football Todd Greenberg admitted the referees erred by allowing Ennis to break the rules “to get an ...
 
The Daily Telegraph
Sun, 16 Mar 2014 04:23:46 -0700

MARIO Fenech has revealed he has suffered brain damage which is believed to be the result of head knocks while playing rugby league. It's an admission that will rock the concussion debate, which began last week after former Australian forward Ian ...

The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph
Sun, 16 Nov 2014 22:53:49 -0800

Led by South Sydney Rabbitohs players Luke Keary and Dave Tyrrell, former NRL players Michael Crocker and Mario Fenech and Kingsford-Smith federal Labor MP Matt Thistlethwaite, the group eclipsed the previous world record of 250. Fitness trainer Liam ...

The Satellite

The Satellite
Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:52:30 -0800

The first Crushers team that took the field in 1995 was captained by Mario Fenech and included Trevor Gillmeister, who scored the club's first try, Mark Hohn, English flier St John Ellis, who has since passed away, and rugby convert Anthony Herbert.

The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph
Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:47:25 -0800

Zollo and a galaxy of southeast celebrities including Mixed Martial Arts and UFC fighter Richie Vaculik, NRL Roosters and New Zealand international Shaun Kenny-Dowall, former South Sydney Rabbitohs player Mario Fenech and Kingsford-Smith federal ...

Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 01:48:29 -0700

His kamikaze instincts were such that Rabbitohs legend Mario Fenech declared, in one of the greatest compliments an Australian could bestow upon a Pom, that Burgess had a "bit of mongrel" in him. Never was that belligerence channelled more memorably ...
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