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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 52)
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 chilhood. 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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531 news items

The Daily Telegraph
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:13:34 -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 ...
The Daily Telegraph
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:11:00 -0700

“There are a number of contenders this year and we have put up our hand all year,” said Souths legend Mario Fenech. “We still have to deliver and these are now the championship rounds. “It would be great for us to go win-win over the final two rounds ...
The Daily Telegraph
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 04:52:13 -0700

The Glebe prestige car dealer Christian Saap, executive staff JimDoyle, Todd Greenberg and Paul Kind plus former stars Steve Menzies, Mario Fenech and Mick Crocker are among all the sponsors. Julie Burgess, mother of the Burgess brothers, in the crowd.


Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:15:00 -0700

Tongue and Heighington have been joined by Josh Perry, Adam Macdougall, David Shillington, Mario Fenech and James Tedesco to support the cause and raise awareness of bowel cancer in Australia. As part of the campaign the NRL has launched a ...

The Roar

The Roar
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:43:59 -0700

Obstacles remain, obviously: the aforementioned Burgess will need to keep his desire to commit murder in check; but if all runs smoothly, Souths are beautifully placed to ensure that Mario Fenech becomes just a memory. Penrith Panthers Penrith stormed ...
Courier Mail
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:11:15 -0700

THE NRL has announced a crackdown on whinging players — as Rabbitohs legend Mario Fenech unloaded on Michael Ennis. Bulldogs · 1 video · Michael Ennis takes on referee Gerard Sutton 2:00. NSW vs Tasmania Sheffield Shield Match ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:00:27 -0700

Some proffered that Ennis and his ilk were the sole reason for declining crowd numbers and TV ratings. Then came this left hook from former player Mario Fenech: "He's probably on the same page as Benny." "Benny" as in Mario's old on-field sparring ...
The Daily Telegraph
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:02:46 -0700

POLICE were called to a brawl outside the Golden Century restaurant in Chinatown that resulted in the stabbing of a man. The man was treated by ambulance officers for injuries to his face and neck. More to come. facebook. twitter. linkedin. google + ...

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