Michael Ennis (born 16 March 1984 in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales) is an Australian professional rugby league player of the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks of the National Rugby League. A New South Wales State of Origin representative hooker, he previously played for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Brisbane Broncos, St George Illawarra Dragons and the Newcastle Knights.
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 RLFC 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 high profile 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.
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 Bryson Goodwin after a couple of games due to his poor goal-kicking ability.
Ennis played in all three games in 2010, 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, 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. In 2011, he was penalised 17 times in his 12 appearances. In 2012, he was penalised 20 times in 20 games.
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."
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.
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.
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