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Rugby league legend Mario Fenech is set to make an unexpected comeback return to rugby league in his debut match for the Malta Knights when they take to the field for the Orara Valley Sevens at Coffs Harbour this weekend.
Fenech played over 270 first grade games in the NRL?s top flight with South Sydney, North Sydney and then South Queensland.
Mario recently accepted the credited role as ambassador for the Maltese Rugby League Association (MRLA) with his appearance in the extraordinary red and white strip of the tiny island nation from the Mediterranean this weekend marking another memorable moment in Fenech?s rugby league career.
?it?s a great honour to make my debut for Malta?
Fenech migrated to Australia from the township of Marsa in Malta before taking up the game of rugby league, which has seen him become known as the ?Maltese Falcon?.
?We integrate brother?
?There?s many Maltese here enjoying life in Australia? Fenech said
More recently, Mario displayed the Malta jersey on his segment on the Footy Show on Channel 9, that saw much attention brought to the new fledgling nation in rugby league but MRLA spokesperson Anthony Micallef says Mario?s appearance for Malta will be the biggest event yet for the emerging rugby league body.
?This is massive, a legend of the game, an icon within the Maltese and rugby league communities alike?
?It?s something that always crossed our mind (Mario playing for Malta) and this news is awesome? said Micallef.
Mario will take to the field in Malta?s clash against former premiership club Sydney University at the TOFOG Sportsground on Saturday kicking off at 2:40pm.