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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
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 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.

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6 news items

 
Newcastle Knights
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:03:45 -0700

Also coming down to the precinct will be Knights Ambassadors including Paul Harrogan and Michael Hagan, along with NRL Ambassadors Mario Fenech, Nathan Hindmarsh and Andrew Ryan. Fans are urged to get to Hunter Stadium early to take in all of the ...
 
The Daily Telegraph
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:08:49 -0700

Long before he became a television comedian Mario Fenech was a passionate South Sydney hooker who had the unhappy knack of being suspended quite often, and usually for matters that were his own fault. Whenever Mario was suspended a young ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:23:45 -0700

South Sydney 32 Parramatta 12. Upvotes:0 Downvotes:0. Copy Link. 9:35pm: An important win for our Bunnies at Parramatta !! We will hopefully get back on track ! This is an important part of the season a tight comp. — Mario Fenech (@MarioFenech) July ...
 
The Australian
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:12:48 -0700

This season, former South Sydney hardmen Ian Roberts and Mario Fenech stunned the code when they announced they were suffering brain damage from repeated head knocks during their long and distinguished careers. Then there's the case of Shaun ...
 
St Marys-Mt Druitt Star
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:45:00 -0700

The trivia night will be attended by football greats Nathan Hindmarsh, Nathan Cayless and Mario Fenech. It is hoped more than 300 people will attend. Local businesses are encouraged to donate prizes for the raffle and auction on the night. Tweet. Print ...
 
The Daily Telegraph
Sat, 05 Jul 2014 05:11:30 -0700

Elias was certainly never short on it, just ask Mario Fenech. In a theme guaranteed to be music to the ears of the Wests Tigers faithful, Moses is another piece of the club's junior development puzzle aimed at delivering another premiership, ala the ...
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