Michael Ennis

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Michael Ennis
Michael Ennis, Bulldogs captain, at McDonald's Park.jpg
Ennis in 2012
Personal information
Nickname The Menace
Born (1984-03-16) 16 March 1984 (age 33)
Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
Height 179 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 87 kg (13 st 10 lb)[1]
Playing information
Position Hooker
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003–04 Newcastle Knights 20 2 0 0 8
2005 St. George Illawarra 24 5 44 0 108
2006–08 Brisbane Broncos 42 8 63 0 158
2009–14 Canterbury Bulldogs 136 17 2 1 73
2015–16 Cronulla Sharks 51 5 1 0 22
Total 273 37 110 1 369
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009–13 NSW Country 3 0 0 0 0
2009–15 New South Wales 8 0 4 0 8
Source: [2][3]

Michael Ennis is a Sports commentator for Fox League and former Australian professional rugby league player. A New South Wales State of Origin representative hooker, he played for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Brisbane Broncos, St George Illawarra Dragons, Newcastle Knights and the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, with whom he won the 2016 NRL Premiership. He is well known as being a 'niggler' when playing,[4][5] and has been described as "one of the game's most hated players."[6]

Playing career[edit]

In the 2005 NRL season's finals series Ennis was kicking goals for the St. George Illawarra Dragons as they went to within one match of the grand final but lost to eventual premiers, Wests Tigers.

Brisbane Broncos[edit]

Ennis playing for the Broncos in 2008

Ennis' first season at the Broncos, in 2006, was cut short by a knee injury suffered in round 5 against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium. While changing direction, Ennis snapped his anterior cruciate ligament and required a full knee reconstruction. Ennis missed the rest of the season, and subsequently, the premiership win in October. As 2006 NRL Premiers, the Brisbane Broncos travelled to England to face 2006 Super League champions, St Helens R.F.C. in the 2007 World Club Challenge. Ennis played from the interchange bench in the Broncos' 14-18 loss.

In the 2007 NRL season, Ennis made a return to first grade but was forced to work for his place in the side as a result of the good form of Shaun Berrigan at hooker. After some appearances from the interchange bench earlier in the season, Ennis was trialled at halfback during the final stages of Brisbane's round 10 loss to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. He was retained in this position in the ensuing games with some success.

2008 saw Ennis reach the best form of his time at the Broncos. With stiff competition from recruit PJ Marsh, Ennis cemented a spot as the starting hooker and guided the Broncos to some impressive early victories.

In June 2008, Ennis signed a three-year deal to join the Bulldogs in 2009, joining a list of players to leave the Broncos. This was to be his 4th NRL club at 24 years of age.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs[edit]

Ennis playing for the Broncos in 2008
Ennis playing against the Dragons

Ennis joined the Bulldogs from the Broncos for the 2009 season.[7]

He was selected for Country in the City vs Country match on 8 May 2009.[8]

Ennis made his State of Origin debut for New South Wales in Game III of the 2009 series, replacing bitter rival Robbie Farah who was dropped. Ennis made an impact in his first game as the Blues won a dead rubber match, 28-16 with Ennis landing three goals from three attempts.

He filled the full-time goal-kicking role at the Bulldogs in 2010, replacing Hazem El Masri, who retired in 2009. However, he was replaced by specialist Bryson Goodwin.

Ennis played in all three games in 2010 State of Origin series, all resulting in losses. In the third match, Ennis was blamed by some for costing NSW victory when he gave away a penalty by punching Queensland's Nate Myles with six minutes to go (NSW at the time were leading 18-13). There have since been calls for Ennis not to play for New South Wales ever again,[9] but, despite this, he was selected for all three games the following series, also lost.

In the 3-year period from the start of 2008 season, Ennis was penalised in games 58 times, the 2nd most of any player in the NRL behind Anthony Watmough.[10] In 2011, he was penalised 17 times in his 12 appearances.[6] In 2012, he was penalised 20 times in 20 games.[11]

In February, 2011, Ennis signed a new 3-year contract with Canterbury. Then-coach Kevin Moore said, "Mick is the kind of player that any head coach would love to have in his side. He leaves nothing to chance, he's a natural leader, is about the fittest bloke in the team and he gives us outstanding direction on and off the field."[12]

Ennis played in 26 games in 2012, missing only one game as the Bulldogs made the grand final. However, he failed to score a try for the year.

Around half way through the 2014 NRL season, Ennis signed on with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks for what was likely to be the last two years of his career.[13]

In Canterbury's Preliminary Final win over Penrith Panthers in September 2014, Ennis suffered a foot injury, ruling him out of the 2014 NRL Grand Final, with the captaincy for the Grand Final passed to James Graham and Trent Hodkinson meaning that Ennis had played his last game for the Bulldogs.[14]

Cronulla Sharks[edit]

In 2015, he joined the Cronulla Sharks.

Ennis played in Game 3 of the 2015 State of Origin series as Robbie Farah withdrew due to injury.

In 2016 he announced he would retire at the end of the season.[15] He finished the season on a high note, winning the NRL Grand Final in his last game.[16]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-05. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Michael Ennis - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. 1984-03-16. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  4. ^ Christopher Boyd and Christopher Sutton. "Talking Points". Fox Sports. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Matt Marshall (6 July 2010). "NSW's dirty three exposed, but Maroons won't rise to Origin niggle tactics". Courier Mail. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Paul Crawley (7 September 2012). "Bulldogs' skipper Michael 'The Menace' Ennis has mended his ways with referees". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "2009 NRL Player Movements". NRL Live. 4 October 2008. Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  8. ^ Balym, Todd (3 May 2009). "Blues halfback duel in two as Mitchell Pearce misses selection". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  9. ^ "Why Ennis Should Be Barred From the Blues for Life". Blogs.news.com.au. 1984-03-16. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  10. ^ "Stats Central". Daily Telegraph (Sydney). 11 March 2011. 
  11. ^ Brad Walter (8 August 2012). "Doggies fans fight muzzle". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Ennis re-signs with Bulldogs for three more years". The Sydney Morning Herald. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  13. ^ Proszenko, Adrian (18 June 2014). "Michael Ennis to finish his career with the Cronulla Sharks". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Canterbury Bulldogs captain Michael Ennis ruled out of NRL grand final, James Graham, Trent Hodkinson named as co-captains". Smh.com.au. 2014-10-04. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  15. ^ "Michael Ennis to retire from NRL after 2016 season with Cronulla Sharks - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Abc.net.au. 2016-07-26. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  16. ^ "NRL grand final 2016: Michael Ennis remains a loveable pest until the end". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 

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