Playing for the Maroons over the majority of Mal Meninga's stint as coach, Petero Civoniceva reflects on the influence Mal has brought to the Queensland Maroons and wishes him well in his new national position.
"Mal has been such a huge part of the success the Maroons have had over such a long period of time."
"It's sad to see him leave but in another way I'm very happy for the Kangaroos. They are getting a fantastic coach and it will be great to see him in that new role."
Born: Bundaberg, QLD, July 8, 1960
|CLUB CAREER 1979-94|
|Southern Suburbs (Brisbane) 1979-85||109||77||313||-||889|
|St Helens 1984-85||31||28||8||-||128|
|REPRESENTATIVE CAREER 1979-94|
|State of Origin 1980-94||32||6||69||-||161|
|v. New South Wales 1979-81||6||3||9||-||27|
|v. touring sides 1983-85||2||1||10||-||23|
|Tour matches 1983||2||3||8||-||28|
|Tests and World Cup 1982-94||46||21||99||‑||278|
|Tour matches 1982-94||37||29||79||‑||267|
|v. Rest of the World 1988||1||‑||3||‑||6|
|v. Europe 1984||1||-||1||-||2|
|All senior matches||433||242||882||2||2,673|
Meninga played junior football with Palmwoods.
He made his first grade debut for Canberra v Manly at Brookvale Oval, 8/3/1986 (Rd 1).
He toured four times with the Kangaroos in 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994.
He played most games for Queensland (42).
Meninga captained Canberra to three grand final wins in 1989, 1990 and 1994, and in one losing grand final in 1991.
He coached Canberra 1997-2001, guiding the Raiders to the Finals Series in 1997, 1998 and 2000.
He steered Queensland to nine State of Origin series victories 2006-13 and 2015.
His State of Origin coaching record is 30 games, 20 wins, 10 losses. Win% 66.7.
He has been involved in 62 State of Origin games as player or coach.
He was named as a centre in the ARL Team of the Century 2008.