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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 childhood. 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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366 news items

Gozo News (press release)

Gozo News (press release)
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:03:45 -0700

The eldest daughter of the Von Trapp family, Liesl, was Mikaela Bajada, with her boyfriend, Rolf, being David Mario Fenech. The other six children were Steve Buttigieg, Clara Sciberras, Nathan Cini, Rachel Vella, Alicia Azzopardi, and the very young ...

The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:20:47 -0700

Having just got to meet ambassadors Nathan Hindmarsh and Mario Fenech, they said they were pretty excited to show the gala that “girls did it better” at the touch football round robin games. Ms Morrell said the Harmony aspect was important to her, as ...

The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:52:30 -0700

Indeed, so influential has Inglis become inside Souths HQ over the opening five weeks of competition, Bunnies insiders are tipping him to eventually join club greats like Clive Churchill, Bob McCarthy, John Sattler and Mario Fenech. “Greg has a real ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald
Thu, 09 Apr 2015 06:21:51 -0700

Elsewhere in the stands, a Bulldogs fan was swearing his head off at Souths legend Mario Fenech, as he had done throughout the match. All eyes will be on ANZ Stadium this Sunday when the Bulldogs play the Dragons. Luckily, those two clubs have always ...

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 ...
 
MaltaToday
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:39:36 -0700

The seven children of Captain Von Trapp will be led by the elder daughter Micaela Bajada whose first taste of love is found in David Mario Fenech's Rolf. The Gaulitanus Choir female section of course also appears. Rob Ricards will narrate the proceedings.

Times of Malta

Times of Malta
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:30:00 -0700

It was Shakira Trot (Nathaniel Barbara) which registered its first win of the season from Schwerin Boko (Kirsten Gialanze), Midnight Hall (Mario Fenech) and Original Blue (Chris Cassar). Favourite Quattro D'Arline (Cliferty Calleja) dashed strongly ...

Gozo News (press release)

Gozo News (press release)
Tue, 07 Apr 2015 10:15:00 -0700

The seven children of Captain Von Trapp will be led by the elder daughter Mikaela Bajada, whose first taste of love is found in David Mario Fenech's Rolf. The Gaulitanus Choir female section, of course also appears. Rob Ricards will narrate the ...
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