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Mario Fenech
Mario Fenech.jpg
Fenech in 2008
Personal information
Nickname The Maltese Falcon[1]
Born (1961-11-11) 11 November 1961 (age 53)
Valletta, Malta
Playing information
Position Hooker, Prop, Second-row
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
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.



External links[edit]

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308 news items


Sun, 13 Sep 2015 18:07:30 -0700

Shaun Timmins, Mario Fenech, Brenton Lawrence, Brett Kimmorley and Dan Hunt got together to promote World Suicide Day. Credit: Mark Evans. If Buddy Franklin was your mate, what would you do? That's the question Manly Sea Eagles prop Brenton ...

Perth Now

Perth Now
Sat, 19 Sep 2015 05:01:23 -0700

Every area of Sydney except Penrith and North Sydney has recorded dramatic falls in junior numbers compared to the previous season. Despite celebrating a premiership, South Sydney's registrations fell by 10 per cent and Canberra Raiders' by 15 per cent.

The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph
Thu, 10 Sep 2015 22:47:51 -0700

NRL stars (from left) Shaun Timmins, Mario Fenech, Brenton Lawrence, Brett Kimmorley and Dan Hunt got together to promote World Suicide Day. Picture: Mark Evans. IF Buddy Franklin was your mate, what would you do? That's the question Manly Sea ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 02:22:30 -0700

In rugby league, of course, everyone's favourite is "Falcon" – made famous by Mario Fenech seeming to get more than his fair share, perhaps because he had one of those heads blokes just like to kick footballs at. In his halcyon days on Fatty Vautin's ...

Eurosport.com AU

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:01:54 -0700

Print. Mario Fenech: Erasing 25 years of pain. 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.
The Daily Telegraph
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:13:34 -0700

THE NRL has put whinging players on notice — the frustrating go-slow tactics Bulldogs skipper Michael Ennis employed on Thursday night will no longer be tolerated. On a day that Rabbitohs legend Mario Fenech labelled Ennis “on the same page” as Benny ...
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 ...

Bundaberg News Mail

Bundaberg News Mail
Sun, 11 Jan 2015 12:30:25 -0800

For those unaware of the origins of the 'Falcon', the expression is linked to former Rabbitohs and later Crushers captain, Mario Fenech. Born in Malta, he was nicknamed the Maltese Falcon, presumably a reference to the celebrated 1930s novel and 1940s ...

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