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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
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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Mario Fenech - Robbo foils the Falcon

Bris Footy Show Files - Mario Fenech v John Ribot 1995

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Mario Fenech "The Maltese Falcon" on the footy show

Mario Fenech "The Maltese Falcon" on the footy show, rugby league week letter and camera tricks.

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Mario enjoys a nice cup of tea.

Mario Fenech the maltese falcon spinning wheel on the footy show.

Mario Fenech the maltese falcon spinning wheel on the footy show.Frank Pritchard's tackle and Alan Tongue's retirement.

Mario Fenech v Steve O'Brien

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Mario Fenech - Highlights

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463 news items

The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:15:00 -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 ...

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 ...

Eurosport.com AU

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

The Daily Telegraph
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:52:30 -0700

The Rabbitohs had two players sent off, Mario Fenech and prop Lyndsay Johnston. Mario Fenech, earning the referee's ire, not for the first or last time. Source: News Corp Australia. And it is ten years since an amazing game in the NRL at ANZ Stadium ...
Times of Malta
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 23:56:15 -0700

In the Gold Class race, favourite Madrileno, driven by Mario Fenech, took the lead in the final straight before going on to secure its second win in a row ahead of Troy Boshoeve (Salvu Vella). Milord Barbes (Cliferty Calleja) was third and Quefi Des ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 03:00:45 -0800

Who are the mesmerising characters in both teams, that you would nominate as best actor in the Oscars of Great Sporting Theatre? Who is the heir, to the likes of say, Wally Lewis, Peter Sterling, Mario Fenech, Steve Mortimer, Alfie Langer, Eric Grothe ...
Campbelltown Macarthur Advertiser
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:30:00 -0800

''NRL's Mario Fenech, former world boxing champion Daniel Geale and local country music singer Christie Lamb did a great job in selecting the competition winners, which would not have been an easy task due to the strong competition on the day.'' Paws ...
The Daily Telegraph
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:02:09 -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 ...

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