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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
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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297 news items

 
New South Wales Rugby League
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 01:38:02 -0700

The 20th anniversary of the Ronny Gibbs Sevens was attended by some of rugby league's greatest legends – including Wendell Sailor, Nathan Merritt, Nigel Plum, Mario Fenech, David Peachey as well as Blues coaches Laurie Daley and Matt Parish. A who's ...

NEWS.com.au

NEWS.com.au
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 22:48:45 -0700

Follow the match live on Twitter using #BroncosLIVE. Or jump on our MATCH CENTRE for the latest scores and stats. Like Bennett, Mario Fenech, one of the great Rabbitohs rakes, stressed the importance of Luke's return from a dangerous throw suspension.
 
The Daily Telegraph
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:41:15 -0700

Like Bennett, Mario Fenech, one of the great Rabbitohs rakes, stressed the importance of Luke's return from a dangerous throw suspension. It could have been a longer stretch on the sidelines for Luke had he also been found guilty of a shoulder charge.

New South Wales Rugby League

New South Wales Rugby League
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 21:07:30 -0700

The 20th anniversary of the Ronny Gibbs Sevens was attended by some of rugby league's greatest legends – including Wendell Sailor, Nathan Merritt, Nigel Plum, Mario Fenech, David Peachey as well as Blues coaches Laurie Daley and Matt Parish.

The Guardian (blog)

The Guardian (blog)
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 13:30:27 -0700

“Until Ian Roberts came out we thought all gay guys were weak,” says Mario Fenech, the former South Sydney Rabbitohs captain and Roberts's team-mate. “I had no idea but he sharpened me up.” Fenech remembers Roberts as one of the toughest he had ...

Fox Sports

Fox Sports
Tue, 18 Aug 2015 23:56:15 -0700

Mario Fenech went to the sin bin, so too did Ian Roberts. And when halfback Craig Coleman was sent off for good by referee Phil Cooley, the Rabbitohs defensive line had been cut to 10! Somehow, Souths were able to hang on to draw the match 12-all, with ...

The Daily Telegraph

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

Mario Fenech, Nathan Hindmarsh, Hazem El Masri were at Merrylands Oval to promote a Harmony Day NRL gala day. Picture: Adam Ward. THE Fair Go For The West bus got to make a special stop this morning to check out western Sydney's future footy ...

Eurosport.com AU

NRL.COM
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.
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