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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 54)
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 believed he would become a great footballer and they thought 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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711 news items

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 02:00:59 -0800

asks Mario Fenech, perplexed. "Yes, I have no worries saying that I've had some problems in years gone by. I suffered significant head knocks as a player. I would've been knocked out eight or nine times a season. I knew that I was going to pay a price ...

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:47:56 -0800

Mario Fenech took many a heavy hit during his rugby league career, but despite the courage he displayed on the field he's now warning today's players to show common sense instead of bravery. Fenech, 54, played at a time when to go off the field after ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 23:20:12 -0800

A leading Sydney neurosurgeon says the decision by former NSW State of Origin winger James McManus to sit out the 2016 season is an indicator that NRL footballers are now treating concussion more seriously than they previously did and believes ...


Sat, 30 Apr 2016 22:03:45 -0700

The incident sparked a much mirth and cheering among the Mount Smart Stadium crowd while Fox Sports commentators were quick to reference the man responsible for the original falcon, Mario Fenech. "Lovely work. That will bring the crowds back," ...

Townsville Bulletin

Townsville Bulletin
Fri, 06 Nov 2015 16:34:04 -0800

RABBITOHS legend Mario Fenech may be in Cowboys country, but “The Falcon” believes glory will again be South Sydney's with the return of Sam Burgess. Fenech joined State of Origin legend Brent Tate, Cowboys coach Paul Green and grand final winning ...
Times of Malta
Sun, 10 Apr 2016 21:07:30 -0700

Italian Overtaker By Sib (Marco Refalo) opened a small lead from Matrix Revolution (Noel Baldacchino), Cloria Victis (Michael Ellul) and Quiet Du Chene (Mario Fenech). With 300m from the end, Overtaker By Sib ran out of steam and was overtaken by Qui ...

Courier Mail

Courier Mail
Thu, 07 Apr 2016 05:06:02 -0700

The Dragons haven't scored a point in 160 minutes of football in Queensland. Statistically they are the worst attacking side since the Crushers were playing at the old Lang Park. Corey Oates celebrates a try against the Dragons. In fact Mario Fenech ...
Times of Malta
Sat, 09 Apr 2016 08:52:56 -0700

Twelve delegates have been voted in to serve on the Labour Party's national executive, the party said this afternoon. The elected members are: Cassar Ġuża; Farrugia Monica; Farrugia Aaron; Zammit Alamango Nikita; Azzopardi Mario; Fenech Catherine; ...

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