Most Successful State of Origin Coach
Mal made a stunning debut as Maroons coach in the 2006
Rugby League State of Origin series, guiding Queensland
to a 2-1 series victory, its first outright series victory since
2001. He has now rewritten the record books, Mal coached
the Maroons to the first ever 6 consecutive State of Origin
Community Role Model
Mal Meninga was made a Member of the Order of Australia
(AM) for his services to rugby league in 1994. He continues
to remains a legendary figure in international rugby league,
forever remembered for his ormidable power, pace and
Committed to helping communities and charities, Mal’s profile
and reputation has developed to the point where his celebrity
and brand extends outside of rugby league circles. He has
earned a reputation as a prolific speaker in recent years and
also has a weekly column with the Sunday Mail newspaper.
He has also undertaken several successful business ventures
and continues to expand in the corporate world.
Mal led Canberra to their first premiership in 1989 after overcoming
the Balmain Tigers in the Grand Final and again winning the grand
final in 1990 against the Penrith Panthers.
In 1990 Meninga was named Britain’s BBC Overseas Sports
Personality of the Year, the first rugby league player to win it.
Big Mal captained Australia for 23 Test matches between 1990
and 1994, and captained the Queensland State of Origin team
for three years from 1992 to 1994. He remains the only player to
captain a Kangaroo Tour on two occasions, in 1990 and 1994.
On Australia Day 1994 Mal Meninga was made a Member of the
Order of Australia “for Service to Rugby League football”.
In 1994 Mal was successful again, winning the grand final against
Mal Meninga was appointed coach of the Raiders in 1997.
As a player he was a legendary centre - counted among the best players of the 20th century.