Wally Prigg

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Wally Prigg
Wally Prigg.jpg
Personal information
Full name Walter Joseph Prigg
Born (1908-10-17)17 October 1908
Hamilton, New South Wales
Died 8 September 1980(1980-09-08) (aged 71)
Adamstown, New South Wales
Playing information
Position Five-eighth, Lock
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1927–28 Wests (Newcastle)
1928–39 Centrals (Newcastle)
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1929–39 New South Wales 34 13 0 0 39
1929–38 Australia 19 4 0 0 12

Wally Prigg (1908–1980) was an Australian rugby league player. He was a lock forward for the Australian national rugby league team. He played 19 Tests for the Kangaroos between 1929–38, 7 as captain and has since been named amongst the nation's finest footballers of the 20th century.

Playing career[edit]

Wally Prigg was one of the greatest forwards in the history of rugby league. He spent his whole career as a Newcastle Wests and Central Charlestown player. He was the first New South Wales country based player to captain the Australian national rugby league team.

He made his first appearance for New South Wales at the age of 20. Between 1929 and 1939 he made 32 appearances for New South Wales, a record at the time. He scored 12 tries or 36 points for New South Wales. During his career he revolutionized the position of lock forward. His game was based around short passing and close support play.

Prigg back right with headgear before 1st Test 5 Oct 1929

Prigg was selected to go on the 1929-30 and the 1933-34 tours of Great Britain. He toured with the Australia on their tours of New Zealand in 1935 and 1937 and on the Kangaroo Tour of England in 1937–1938 when he was tour captain. He played in all five Tests of that tour as captain and in 24 minor matches. He was the first man to be picked for three Kangaroo tours. His leadership style and skills were respected by English fans. His final test match for Australia was the first match ever between Australia and France in 1938. Prigg retired with the record for most Test caps for the Kangaroos, almost becoming the first player to reach twenty. Breaking the record set by original Kangaroo tourist Sid Pearce, he played 19 Tests for Australia between 1929–38. He scored a total of 4 tries or 12 points for Australia.

Prigg. fifth from left, Kangaroos 1st Test 6 Jun 1932
Prigg with the 1937–38 Kangaroos (2nd row, far left)

Accolades[edit]

Wally Prigg died in 1980 at the age of 71. In 2003 he was admitted into the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame.[1] In February 2008, Prigg was named in the list of Australia's 100 Greatest Players (1908–2007) which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL to celebrate the code's centenary year in Australia.[2][3]

In 2008 Prigg was named in New South Wales' rugby league team of the century.[4]

Run-on Test side plus mgrs 6 Jun 1932, Prigg, back row 2nd from left

References[edit]

  • Whiticker, Alan (2004) Captaining the Kangaroos, New Holland, Sydney

External links[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame
  2. ^ Peter Cassidy (2008-02-23). "Controversy reigns as NRL releases top 100 players". Macquarie National News. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  3. ^ "Centenary of Rugby League – The Players". NRL & ARL. 2008-02-23. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  4. ^ ARL (2008). "Australian Rugby Football League 2008 Annual Report" (pdf). Australian Rugby Football League Limited. p. 30. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
Preceded by
Dave Brown
Australian national rugby league captain
1937-38
Succeeded by
Joe Jorgenson