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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
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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357 news items

Brisbane Times
Sat, 23 May 2015 05:00:00 -0700

Mascot Juniors, the club that produced superstars such as Ian Roberts, George Piggins and Mario Fenech, is celebrating its "Century +5" anniversary. Festivities commence on June 6 from 7.30pm in the Wintle Room of the Juniors Leagues Club, Kingsford.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald
Thu, 21 May 2015 05:01:22 -0700

Peter Moscatt, Mario Fenech, Billy Nelson and Tony Rampling also wore the sky blue of NSW. Tickets are $55 a head for a two-course meal. Want a ticket? Email George Carayannis: carayannis@optusnet.com.au to buy one or several more. Armband the ...

The Roar

The Roar
Mon, 18 May 2015 16:58:24 -0700

And in those eras, the marker could legally strike for possession at the play-the-ball – Mario Fenech was a genius at regaining possession against the odds. So there are many ways the game has changed, like lowering the drop goal from two points to one ...


Thu, 07 May 2015 18:52:30 -0700

Tongue and Heighington have been joined by Josh Perry, Adam MacDougall, David Shillington, Mario Fenech and James Tedesco in a television commercial to support the cause and raise awareness of bowel cancer in Australia. In addition to the television ...

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
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:20:47 -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
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:33:35 -0700

However, with 400m to go, Angelic Coger ran out of steam and was reeled in by High Stage (Marco Refalo) which went on to secure its first win at Marsa by a length from Blizzard Ad and Italian Madrileno (Mario Fenech). French Quintillus (Toni Tanti ...

Warrington Guardian

Warrington Guardian
Tue, 05 May 2015 01:03:45 -0700

IN a week when Wolves produced one of their most thrilling finishes to a win, watch how Kurt Gidley sealed a miracle victory for Newcastle Knights against Melbourne Storm at Hunter Stadium last season.

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