Mal Meninga AM is an iconic and legendary rugby league player, captain and coach and is highly regarded as one of the all time greats of the game. He began his professional rugby league playing career in 1978 and achieved astonishing success, including:
- 11 First Grade Grand Final appearances in 16 years, five for Canberra and six for Brisbane Souths
- Two Grand Final wins for Brisbane Souths in 1981 and 1985, and three Grand Final wins as Captain for Canberra in 1989, 1990 and 1994
- Premiership and Lancashire Cup winners for St Helens RLFC in 1984/85
- Greatest amount of representative matches for Queensland with 42 games and 32 appearances with Queensland State of Origin, nine of those as Captain
- 86 appearances for Australia and 46 Tests for Australia, of which 23 Tests were as Captain and
- Most Kangaroo tours of Great Britain and France (with four), as well as Captain for two.
- Appointed as coach of the Australian Kangaroos December 2015
As a coach, he has taken the Queensland State of Origin team to an unprecedented level by winning nine series in 10 years since 2006. He also coached the Canberra Raiders (between 1987 and 2001) and the Prime Minister’s XIII vs Papua New Guinea Kumuls (between 2005 and 2012).
Mal has received a number of awards throughout his distinguished career, including:
- Member of the Order of Australia for service to rugby league football
- Induction into the Australian Sport Hall of Fame, Queensland & ACT Sport Hall of Fame and Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame
- Centre of the Century for Australia & Queensland, Centre & Captain of the Century for Brisbane Southern Suburbs and Centre & Captain of the Best Team Ever for the Canberra Raiders and
- Statues at Suncorp Stadium and Canberra Stadium, as well as the Mal Meninga Grandstand at Canberra Stadium.
Outside of rugby league, Mal was a member of the Queensland Police Force between 1976 and 1985, and received the Queensland Police Service Medal in 2012. He is an Ambassador for the PNG/AusAID program and Patron of the Australian National University Meningans and Australian South Sea Islanders Community Foundation.
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