Why this infamous Michael Ennis moment is back in the headlines

Michael Ennis used to be public enemy No.1 in Canberra, but fans might need to change their tune.

The retired hooker has joined the Raiders’ coaching staff.

Ennis, having retired after playing in Cronulla’s drought-breaking 2016 NRL premiership, will work at the club in a part-time role.

The Raiders are hoping Ennis will take star No.9 Josh Hodgson to another level.


“I like the potential that this squad has and the ability to work with Josh Hodgson and Siliva Havili is something I’m looking forward to,” Ennis said.

The appointment immediately had Ennis’ infamous taunt of Raiders fans in 2016 back in the headlines.

After the Sharks eliminated Canberra from the finals, Ennis went over to the crowd and mocked them with their own ‘Viking Clap’.

Michael Ennis mocked Raiders fans. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

But Ennis is hoping it’s water under the bridge.

“I’ve always enjoyed the passion of the Raiders fans,” he said on Tuesday.

“That night in 2016 was one of the hardest matches in my career which proved to be vital, hopefully I can help bring some enjoyment to the Raiders fans this year.”

Raiders fans were less than impressed. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The NRL and Raiders both poked fun at the moment on social media.