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Wally Prigg

Lock

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Newcastle, NSW
Date of Birth:
17 October 1908
Nickname:
-
Debut Team:
Newcastle v England
Opposition:
England
Date:
11 July 1928
Venue:
Newcastle Sports Ground, NSW
Representative:
Country, New South Wales, Australia
Clubs:
Wests Newcastle, Central Newcastle

Career

Milestones
  • Kangaroo Tours: 1929-30, 1933-34
  • Australian captain: 7 Tests
  • New South Wales Team of the Century: 2008
  • NSW Country Team of the Century: 2008
  • Rated No. 18 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
First Class Games
148
Points
153
Tries
51

Biography

In a decade of fine lock forwards, including Jack Kingston, ''Babe'' Collins and Andy Norval, Wally Prigg was always Australia's first-choice. Prigg was the first player to tour three times with the Kangaroos and the only player to make three sea voyages to England with Kangaroo teams.

All up, Prigg spent more than a year of his life as a Kangaroo tourist.

He turned 21 on his first tour in 1929–30 and acquitted himself well, playing 16 tour matches, including the first two Tests.

Four years later, he was at the height of his powers as a player when he toured as a member of Frank McMillan's Kangaroos.

The wiry lock forward played all three Tests on tour and created a slice of history by scoring the first rugby league try on French soil in an international between Australia and England.

Prigg returned to France four years later as captain of the Kangaroos and led Australia into the inaugural Test against the French in Paris.

He was a rarity in that his entire club career was played outside Sydney and Brisbane. He preferred to stay in Newcastle, turning out for Wests and Centrals.

In 1938, league pioneer Billy Cann rated Prigg rugby league's greatest lock to that point, and in doing so he reflected what came to be an almost unanimity of view about a footballer who was called more than once ''Newcastle's favourite son'': that Wally Prigg stands tall in the line of champion Australian lock forwards.

“He is without doubt one of the greatest loose forwards the game has known.”

News Chronicle, Bradford, 1937

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Western Suburbs Newcastle Newcastle Rugby League 1927 1927 - - - - -
Central Newcastle Newcastle Rugby League 1928 1938 - - - - -

Representative Career

City - Country

City - Country
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Country Firsts City Firsts 1929 1939 11 3 - - 9
Country City 1934 1934 1 - - - -

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate Series Queensland 1929 1939 34 12 - - 36
New South Wales Touring Teams
1930
1936
1930
1936
3 - - - -
New South Wales Tour Matches
1930
1935
1931
1935
4 - - - -

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests
1929
1932
1935
1929
1933
1938
19 4 - - 12
Australia Tour Matches
1929
1933
1937
1930
1935
1938
73 30 - - 90

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Newcastle 1928 1928 1 - - - -
Kangaroos The Rest
1930
1934
1930
1934
2 2 - - 6

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