|Full name||Walter Joseph Prigg|
17 October 1908|
Hamilton, New South Wales
|Died||8 September 1980
Adamstown, New South Wales
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.
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 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.
Wally Prigg died in 1980 at the age of 71. In 2003 he was admitted into the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame. 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.
In 2008 Prigg was named in New South Wales' rugby league team of the century.
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- Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame
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