Falcon ready to swoop
By MITCHELL DALE
THE Maltese Falcon is set to fly again.
After more than 270 first grade appearances and two State of Origin matches, Mario 'The Maltese Falcon' Fenech, will finally make his debut for Malta at this weekend's Orara Valley sevens tournament.
What's more, he will be bringing the Footy Show with him to catch all the action.
Fenech yesterday confirmed he will run out for birth nation Malta in tomorrow's round-robin match against Sydney University.
"I'm really excited about it, I am very proud of my Maltese heritage," Fenech said.
"I will definitely play against Sydney University and we'll see from there, hopefully they are kind to me.
"Rugby league has been my life and it's good to give something back."
The former South Sydney captain still keeps himself fit but said he won't be over-doing things in his rugby league comeback.
"I am still in pretty good nick, but I don't want to push the envelope," he said.
"Sevens is a great way to start the season, it is usually a very relaxed attitude and based around attack."
Fenech, a regular on Channel 9's Footy Show, will also be talking to players and fans for a segment on the TV program.
"I'll be doing a piece for the Footy Show, telling the yarn about coming up here," Fenech said.
"I will also talk to some of the (former star) players as well as meeting some of the punters."
Fenech, who captained South Sydney to victory in the inaugural NSWRL (later known as the NRL) sevens tournament in 1988, believes Malta can become a strong rugby league nation.
"The guys who are running the Maltese Rugby League in Australia are very motivated, which appeals to me," he said.
"I got into rugby league because of my Catholic school background and Malta is 100 percent Catholic, so they have some great links to rugby league."